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New Year's Eve at Taksim- Istanbul 2006

New Year was celebrated very cheerfully all over Turkey. In video, you can watch beautiful fireworks and people’s joy at Taksim Square Istanbul.


Taksim Square (Turkish: Taksim Meydani) situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey, is a major shopping, tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, and is the location of the Cumhuriyet Aniti (Republic Monument), which was built in 1928 and that commemorates the formation of the Turkish Republic.

Taksim was originally the point in Istanbul, where the main water line from north of Istanbul collected, and branched off to other parts of the city. This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmut I. The Square takes its name from the stone reservoir that is located on the side of the square.

Taksim is a popular destination for both tourists and natives of Istanbul. Istiklal Caddesi ends at the square, and a nostalgic tram runs from the square along the avenue, ending near the Tünel. Surrounding Taksim Square are numerous hotels, as well as restaurants, pubs, travel agencies, etc. Included in these restaurants, are American chains such as Pizza Hut, and Burger King.

Taksim is also the location of official events such as parades or other military gatherings.

Atatürk Kültür Merkezi (Atatürk Cultural Center) is a multi-purpose cultural center, also located in Taksim Square.

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