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“Demonstrations should not stop you for visiting”
Review of Taksim Park

Taksim Park
Ranked #113 of 1,105 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Originally built as an artillery barracks and then used as a stadium, this area became an urban park in 1940.
Reviewed July 4, 2014

The entire Taksim area, the square, Gezi Park, Isktiklal Street, and the immediate surrounding area is my favorite part of Istanbul. Shop, eat, drink, people watch until bedtime. I can't get tired of this place. Get in touch with today's Istanbul and its wonderful people. Unfortunately, there are demonstrations. Just leave when you sense something is about to happen, and go back in a couple of hours when things have called down. Follow directions of the many policeman. You will be fine. If you put yourself in the middle of unrest, or if you refuse to walk where instructed, you may not have such a pleasant experience. Just be smart about it. There are an abundance of beggars - many children who are bullied by older children into working. Many are from Syria. Just ignore them, or toss a coin their way, and keep walking. Don't let that stop you for enjoying the atmosphere.

Thank jrdek
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

This park used to be beautiful before the president decided to build commercial plazas around it. Its still a park though but not anything special. Its not big, and it is kind of dirty (mainly because of so many arabic tourists who sit there and leave trash behind). I wouldn't recommend you to go here. There are so so many other places you can go to enjoy!

Thank Rana U
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Nothing unusual...just a simple,regular park.I saw scores of more beautiful parks in my life.
There are a lot of more interesting things to do and see in Istanbul.Don't waste your time.

Thank zuv
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

When visiting Istanbul one tends to rush to SultanAhmet to see the historical places which are closely located in SultanAhmet. Once one sees the famous palaces, Church & Mosques one likes to get out of history-mode and visit the modern side of Istanbul. This is where Taksim square takes over which is a nice mix of historic& modern Turkey. Just walk down on the Istiklal street and you would see the usual hustle-bustle of any modern city in Europe or north Merica for that matter. Surprisingly Taksim area restaurants, Hammams, transports are cheaper than what you pay for same service in SultanAhmet. From Taksim square you can easily access to any part of Istanbul as all mode of transportation is easily & cheaply available. Walking from one end to the last on Istiklal street is a must if you want to take in sights, sound & sophistication of Istanbul. Its a pleasure to see all big three religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam existing side by side with mutual respect and tolerance. You shall see Ataturk's hallmark everywhere you go in Istanbul and beyond, and this tells you how far Turkey has progressed. If you want to have best of both, historic& modern Istanbul then Taksim square is the place you must visit and stay a few days.

1  Thank Sabir S S
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

While you are in Taksim area for any reason,you must have a call at this green park for sometime as this is the best part of Taksim area with so green colour.Trees and planted flowers are making this park very good spot for gathering.However needs to be cared more clean by the service and cleaning staff on regular basis day and night due to the huge number of visitors.Nice spot to visit.Recommended.

Thank junior1907
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