Greg & Tracy - 2016 Europe & Asia travel blog

Takzim Square ...

The Republic Monument at Taksim Square - to commemorate the formation of...

Internet photo of Taksim Square on August 7th during the rally

Map showing Istiklal Street

Thousands of people ... music, food smells, vendors selling ... organized caos

Pedestrian street except for the trolleys ... they say approx 3 million...

Taksim Square is situated in the European part of Istanbul and is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with it being the central station of the Metro network and the top of the famous Istiklal Street. (a pedestrian street, 1.4 kilometers long, which houses boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, caf├ęs, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants ... and more)

Taksim Square is also the location of the August 7th, pro-democracy rally organized by the ruling party, bringing to an end three weeks of demonstrations in support of President Erdogan after the failed coup in July.

Monument of the Republic was crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928. The monument commemorates the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, following the Turkish War of Independence.

Last day in Istanbul ... tomorrow morning we fly to Dalaman along the coast for some fun in the sun!

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