The incredible charm of İstiklâl Caddesi

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İstiklâl Caddesi… once upon a time “Grande Rue de Péra” is one of the most charming streets in Beyoğlu – the pedestrian 1.4 km long street connecting the Taksim square with the famous old Tunnel at Galata…

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The avenue, surrounded by late Ottoman era buildings (mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries) that were designed with the Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, Renaissance revival, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau and First Turkish National Architecture styles (Birinci Ulusal Mimarlık Akımı); as well as a few Art Deco style buildings from the early years of the Republic, and a number of more recent examples of modern architecture…

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During the late 1980s and early 1990s, a massive restoration process took place, master-planned and executed by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality (including the restoration of the historic buildings, new pavements for full pedestrianization, and the reinstallation of the historic trams), bringing the avenue its old charm and popularity.

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