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İstiklâl Caddesi


Beyoğlu’s main street is İstiklâl Caddesi (Independence Avenue, aka Grand’ Rue de Péra), a crowded pedestrian thoroughfare, with Taksim Square at one end, the Galata Tower and Tünel Station at the other, and the elite Galatasaray Lycée halfway down.

Seen here is Galatasaray Meydanı, with the gates of the lycée on the right. Nowadays, a solitary tram makes its way back and forth between Taksim and Tünel.

The late John Freely, bard of Old Stamboul, was fond of quoting Joseph von Hammer, the nineteenth-century Austrian historian: the old Grand Rue ‘was as narrow as the intellect of its inhabitants, and as long as the tape worm of their intrigue.’

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