A street that smells like history in Istanbul: Istiklal
İstiklâl Caddesi is located in Beyoğlu, one of the oldest districts of Istanbul, from the Tunel to the Taksim Square. The first shaping of the Street, about 1,400 meters long, has been begun after the Byzantine period. There is a French Cultural Center and consulate that is composed of single-storey building on the right hand side of the street. The building has been made for the purpose of treating the plague, therefore it has a mixed history full of plague and death. The French Veba Hospital, made of wood, has been undergone many repairs since 1600's, and in 1898 the wooden building was demolished and replaced with the present reinforced concrete building.
There is a historical waste water tunnel located in the first months of 2012, about 1-2 meters below the tramway line starting from the French Cultural Center and ending at Galatasaray High School. When you walk a little further you will see the Aga Mosque. This mosque is the first Muslim structure of Istiklal Caddesi. And there is a tragic history. Mimar Sinan has a hand touching Istiklal Caddesi and that hand is in this glass .. There is Rumeli Khan right next to Ağa Mosque. Look carefully at the entrance gate before you enter. Because this door is the identity document of a rich history that we refer to as the Ottomans in the name of the marginalized stone process.
And in a little while you are welcoming the passage like the flower of İstiklal: Flower Passage, this passage has history like flowers. And we came to Galatasaray Square. The gates of the lycée giving the name Meydan are really fascinating. Galatasaray means the palace built on the backs of Galata. There is a beautiful sculpture of steel pipes on the square. This sculpture is one of the symbols of Beyoglu. It is made for the 50th year of the Republic but there is a deeper meaning that transcends it. In the future, the entrance is a church that is free from every term Sent Antuan. It is also the largest church in Istanbul. It took 10 years to build. Opposite Sent Antuan is the Alhambra Khan. The Alhambra is the only structure of Istiklal Caddesi that smells eastwards. There is a church that is hard to notice in the future. A Franciscan church, Santa Maria. You can only enter 20-30 steps down the street. And we are coming, the most plump and controversial of Istiklal. After a few steps we arrive at Tunel Square and in this square we meet Seferoğlu Apartment which is one of the first apartments of Istanbul. The first apartments of Istanbul started to rise in Galata district. Because this region was the center of Istanbul's trade, finance and European lifestyle.
We took a short stroll to Istanbul's smelly street ... There are many more buildings to be told and lived on the street that smells of history and blends different cultures ...