Monday, October 26, 2009

Taksim Area

Taksim Square in Beyoglu
- commercial center of the city
Istiklal Caddesi
- pedestrian street with shops
Nostalgic tram travelling along Istiklal Caddesi
- travels only app. 1 km along Istiklal Caddesi
from Tünel to Taksim Square
- original early 20th-century vehicles
- taken out of servive in 1966,
but revived in 1989
Istiklal Caddesi
- just after the tram has passed away
Late 19th-century house
- lots of same kind of apartment blocks
Making of kebap
Streets near Tünel
Galata Tower
- the most recognizable feature on the Golden Horn
- 60m high
- origins date from the 6th century,
when it was used for monitoring shipping
- Ottoman turned it into a prison & naval depot
- in the 18th century is was used as a fire watchtower
- now it's been renovated and
there's a restaurant & nightclub

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