Istanbul has a magnificent history starting from New Stone Age. Having almost 8,000 years of settlement and a proper city formation for around 2,000 years, makes this city a unique one. All of the civilizations that somehow touched Istanbul left something behind them: a building, a poem, a song or a monument.
One of the beauties of Istanbul is its squares. They contain little pieces of every corner of the city. Beyond that, you can smell the mighty past of Istanbul and actually see the effects of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Probably the most known square is the Taksim Square which is located in Beyoglu district. Taksim means distribution and Taksim Square was a place where water is collected and distributed to the other parts of the city in Ottoman Empire. The sculpture you will see at the center of the square is the Republic Monument. In 1928, an Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica designed the monument and it was built in two and a half years. Also, there is a red vehicle that may not be wrong to say it is the symbol of Taksim Square: the nostalgic tram. It starts you from the center of the square and goes to the tunnel from which you can take the world’s second oldest underground railway to go to Karaköy. There are many more things to say about Taksim Square but if you want to explore every corner of it you may look for Istanbul real estate for sale.
The other famous square is the Sultanahmet Square or you may know it as the Hippodrome of Constantinople. During Roman and Byzantine Empire, Sultanahmet Square was the sporting and social center of Istanbul. Musical performances, acrobatics, horse races and social gatherings were organized in the Hippodrome of Constantinople. During Ottoman Empire, festivals, weddings and sultan’s son’s circumcision feast which lasts forty days and forty nights took place in Sultanahmet Square. Also there are several obelisks at the square that you should see like Serpent Column, Obelisk of Tuthmose III and Walled Obelisk. Some of those actually lasted around 3000 years.
Istanbul has lots of squares that are a must to see. Taksim Square and Sultanahmet Square are just the most known ones. Each of them has an interesting historical background. Exploring and experiencing the squares in Istanbul will make your visit more satisfying. To learn and feel the history of squares and therefore the history of the city you should look for real estate for sale in Istanbul.