Halfway between Taksim
Square along İstiklal
Istanbul's Beyoğlu district
Square, named for Galatasaray ("Galata
Palace"), the first
official European-influenced high school
Of course, today Galatasaray is
more famous as the name of Galatasaray
Sports Club, one of Istanbul's foremost
teams, in their yellow-and-red uniforms.
You can easily recognize the square
by the huge wrought-iron-and-gilt
the Galatasaray Lisesi on the
SE side of İstiklal
Galatasaray Square is where the nostalgic
İstiklal Caddesi tram cars pass one
another on the ride between Taksim and Tünel.
It's also the mid-point stop on the
route, so you can get out here.
The entrances to the storied Çiçek
Pasajı (Flower Passage)
filled with restaurant-tavernas, and
Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı (Fish Market)
packed with gourmet shops and delis,
is just north of the square.
From Galatasaray Square,
Meşrutiyet Caddesi runs
northwest, then southwest and parallel
through the district called Tepebaşı,
passing the grand British
Museum, the Pera
Palace Hotel and
Corpi (former US Consulate-General)
on its way to Şişhane Square.
You can pick up a copy of my humorous
travel memoir, Turkey:
Bright Sun, Strong Tea,
Kitabevi (bookshop) just
down the hill from Galatasaray Square
on Yeniçarşı Caddesi. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan