Republic Monument


This monument in the middle of Taksim Meydanı was designed by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica. It commemorates the Turkish War of Independence and the founding of the Turkish Republic and has occupied this prominent location since 1928.

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3. Aya Triada

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4. Akbank Art Centre

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5. Ağa Hamamı

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The oldest hamam in the city, this Çukurcuma landmark was built in 1454 and renovated by order of Sultan Abdülmecid I in 1844. We don't recommend that…

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8. Firuz Ağa Mosque

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