at the southwestern end of İstiklal
Avenue) in Beyoğlu, Istanbul,
is the upper terminus of Istanbul's
little old 19th-century,
underground train system, the Tünel.
The "square" is really just a widening
of the street.
It's a busy place because of people
going to and from the Tünel,
getting on and off the nostalgic
tramway cars, seeking
out the many cafes, restaurants and
shops that crowd the historic Tünel
Pasajı (opposite the Tünel
entrance) and that line the narrow
northwest of the square, especially
Sofyalı Sokak and Asmalımescit
Just a few steps south of the square
along Galipdede Caddesi is
Hall) where you can see the dervishes
whirl several times each month. More...
Follow Galipdede Caddesi downhill
and you pass a number of Turkish
musical instrument shops,
a variety of other shops and workshops,
and after a few minutes you come to
the Galata Tower.
The grand Consulate-General
of Sweden is just north of
the square along Istiklal
Caddesi on the way to Galatasaray
To go from Tünel Square to Taksim
you can walk all the
way along İstiklal
Caddesi in a half hour or less;
you can ride the Nostalgic
Tram; or you can take the Metro from
the Şişhane station
right next to the Swedish consulate.
—by Tom Brosnahan