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Taksim Square is a vibrant, modern area located in Istanbul's Beyoglu district. Scores of shops, restaurants and bars fill the surrounding streets, as well as popular hotels like the InterContinental Istanbul and the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. The square also features notable landmarks like the Taksim Republic Monument (Taksim Cumhuriyet Aniti), which commemorates the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
Recent travelers had mixed feelings about Taksim Square. While some said it's a wonderful area to visit, others characterized it as "nothing special," especially when compared to squares like Tiananmen in Beijing and Tahrir in Cairo.
Because Taksim Square is a transportation hub, visitors can reach it via tram, bus and metro. The area can get quite crowded, so driving is not recommended. Taksim Square is free to visit 24 hours a day, but expect fees and hours to vary for its boutiques, eateries and watering holes.
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