Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Discover Taksim and Beyoğlu

Posted on 15 December 2011


Ataturk monument op het Taksim plein. Foto: Slawomira Kozieniec

Taksim, also known as Beyoğlu, is the modern part of Istanbul and the symbol of modern Turkey. It was always the district where most non-Muslim foreigners lived since Ottoman times.

Here you find most pubs, restaurants and trendy shops; most live music venues and art galleries.

And the biggest catholic church of Istanbul. In this district Greeks, Armenians and Jews lived. Here you will also find the most beautiful Consulates in the world.

Here is also the rock temple Babylon, the British consulate and several synagogues that were bombed by al-Qaeda. And of course the Galata tower, from where you have a magnificent view over the old city.

This historic district also houses the official red light district in one of the narrow side streets close to the galata Tower, and the ‘Wall Street’ (Bankalar Caddesi0 of the Ottoman Empire.

Finish at the fish bazaar of Karakoy, enjoy there  a sandwich with fresh fish, or have a glass of tea or beer in one of the many bars and restaurants under the Galata bridge.

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