Istanbul’s New City
This district of Istanbul contains neighborhoods like Elmadağ, Nişantaşı, Kurtuluş, and Şişli,
which were first settled during the last years of the Ottoman Empire or early
years of Turkish Republic, all situated north of Taksim Square, and the main
business district between Mecidiyeköy
and Levent–Maslak in the north. Most of Istanbul’s steel-and-glass
skyscrapers—some of the tallest in Turkey, including Sapphire which has a
height of 238 meters (261 mt including its antenna), currently the tallest
building in Turkey (and also in all the lands between Frankfurt and Dubai), are
located in Levent-Maslak area.
The fastest and most common way to reach this district is to
take the metro from Taksim. There are metro station at every couple kilometres
all along this part of the city.
Buses from many places in the city has their terminus at
Mecidiyeköy. Metrobüs, a bus
rapid transit system plying along its right of way between western suburbs and
Asian Side also passes through the district, calling at Mecidiyeköy and Zincirlikuyu stations (both of which
are fairly close to the namesake metro stations).
Dolmuşes from Beşiktaş to Nişantaşı are also available.
Atatürk Museum (Atatürk
Müzesi), Halaskargazi Caddesi 250, Şişli (on the main avenue of Şişli), ☎ +90 212 240-63-19.
Mo-We Fr-Sa 9:00-16:00. The historical 3-storey house, easily recognizable
among concrete apartment buildings with its pink exterior, which the founder of
Turkish Republic, Kemal Atatürk rented while staying in Istanbul before setting
sail to Samsun on Black Sea coast to start the Turkish War of Independence.
Hosts Atatürk-related paraphernalia and photos.
Military Museum (Askeri Müze), Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Harbiye, ☎ +90 212 233-27-20,
fax: +90 212 296-86-18. We-Su 9:00-17:00. Among the exhibition of this museum
are five thousand pieces from the Ottoman era through the WWII, with the most
prominent piece possibly being the huge chain that the Byzantines stretched across
the mouth of the Golden Horn to keep out the Sultan’s navy in 1453 during the
siege of Constantinople. In the yard of the museum, the Janissary Band (Mehter
Takımı), world’s oldest military band gives concerts of march music in
traditional uniforms each afternoon, at 3PM.
Nişantaşı. Nişantaşı is a neighbourhood east of Şişli/northwest
of Maçka Park known for its
Art Nouveau apartment buildings, ground floors of many of which are occupied by
upmarket restaurants, cafes, pubs, and garment stores lining the sidewalks.
Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, well-known Turkish novelist, is a lifelong resident
of the neighbourhood which formed the background of several of his novels.
Radio Building (Radyoevi), Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Harbiye (close to Military Museum). This building dating back to 1945 houses the local radio branch of state radio and television corporation of Turkey (TRT). Not an architectural pearl for sure (although fans of 1940s’ totalitarian architecture may find a thing or two on its stately exterior), its importance lies on the part it played in the political history of Turkey: It was occupied three times by the Army, in 1960, 1971, and most recently in 1980, when the local radio was decidedly the broadcast type ranging most wide and far, to announce that they had taken over the governance of the country (i.e., they have launched a coup d’etat). Tips Mersin Escort