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-Attractions September 26, 2016
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Before exiting to Galatasaray Square, at the right on the point where Solakzade Street and Istiklal Avenue intersect, you will see Tokatlıyan Han opened in 1897 in the place of the famous hotel of the past. The building that needs repair is now used by various shops. Flower Passage is at the line of Tokatliyan and it strikes attention with its front acrhitecture and forms an important piece of Beyoğlu’s historical and entertainment life. It was made in the place of Naum Theatre that was destroyed in Beyoğlu fire in 1870 and where there were three floors and a capacity of one thousand five hundred people and the new building was opened in 1875 with the name Cite de Pera.

Its front that overlooks Istikla Avenue has a striking look with its half columns, reliefs and the clock at its upper floor. Because of the flower selling people during war years, its name was turned into Flower Passage. Its identy of beer house and meyhane starting with 1930s stays permanent and attracts a vast customer potential. In 1950s when the flower selling people left the passage, new meyhanes were opened in their places. Today Flower Passage is amon the places that attracts most of the tourists.

Following Flower Passage, Sahne Street starts where there is also Fish Bazaar. Here, there are shops that sell kokoreç and mussels. Further down Sahne Street that also has an entrance to Flower Passage, Nevizade Street on the right has location that have atmosphere of the passage. Anothr passage that opens to Fish Bazaar is European Passage on the left and it is connected with Meşrutiyet Avenue. Here you may find interesting products at the shops in two lines taht sell variou souvenirs. Between the shops, there are giant mirrors and ın the upper floors, there are women statutes embedded in niches. At Aslı Han Passage parallel to the passage, there is sahaflar bazaar. The shops mainly sold clothes at its opening years and then meyhanes were settled in the area and now it has the identy of being a Sahaflar Bazaar where old magazines and books are sold. Eurepean Passage and Aslı Han passage parallel to each other open to Meşrutiyet Avenune where you may see British Consulate. Following this street, there is The Marmara Pera and historical Pera Palas Hotels where Odakule is connected to Istiklal Avenue.

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