Istiklal Street is the most active street in Istanbul between Taksim and the Tunnel. It can be reached by the Tunnel in Karaköy across Eminönü, or by funicular system in Kabataş.
Taksim Square is at the beginning of Istiklal Street and it is crowned with a Republican Monument. Monument was made by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica in 2.5 years, and it was put in its current location in 1928. It is 11 meters high and one side of it symbolizes Republican era, the other War of Independence.
Nostalgic Tram moving around the Republican Monument goes to the Tunnel through Istiklal Street.
Istiklal Street is the most crowded street in Istanbul with its shops and passages in both side of the street, cinemas and theaters, bookstores, cafes, restaurants and bars in side streets. At the beginning of the streets, French Consulate is located at the right. Meşelik Street in the left leads you to Hagia Triada Church.