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GÜMÜŞSUYU

gumus1Gümüşsuyu is the area immediately to the east of Taksim Square while Gümüşsuyu (İnönü) Caddesi is the road that links the square with the Bosphorus via the Beşiktaş soccer stadium (currently under renovation). It's a pleasant road to stroll down since the pavements are much wider than those on Sıraselviler Caddesi, making it easier to pause and admire the many elegant 19th and early 20th-century apartment blocks that line the street as well as the handful of consular buildings in between them.

The area towards the top of Gümüşsuyu Caddesi is technically Ayaspaşa, an area that sits on what was once a sprawling Muslim cemetery. It's here that you will see some of the most elegant of the city's mansion blocks.gumus2

Around Gümüşsuyu

Heading down Gumüsşuyu you will pass on the right İstanbul's mini take on Chinatown: a single arch decorated with Chinese lanterns that leads to a restaurant.

Beyond that you will pass the brand-new luxury hotel standing on a site that was once filled by the Park Hotel, from 1930 until 1978 when it was demolished one of the mainstays of intellectual social life in the city. From 1942 to 1958 it was home to the poet Yahya Kemal Beyaltı. 

Then on the right you'll see a solid brick-and-stone building that often has queues waiting outside its side gate. This is the German Consulate, built between 1874 and 1877 and one of the few consulates in the area to remain in business on the original site. 

gumusWho designed the splendid Gümüşsu Palas?Continuing downhill you will pass the unique facade of what used to be the Japanese Consulate, although when it was built in 1904 it was the private home of a city banker. Immediately beyond it is the single most impressive building on the street, the extraordinary Gümüşsu Palas, a vibrant, 3D extravaganza of a building. Almost unbelievably, the name of the architect who created it is unknown.

More or less acoss the road and set off the main road by steps up through its garden is the Gümüşsuyu Askeri Hastanesi, built as a military hospital by Garabet Balyan in 1848 and still in use today.

Continuing downhill you will see a small park on the far side of the road. If you walk through it you will come out opposite the site of BJK İnönü (Beşiktaş) Stadium. Overlooking the park on the main road is the soot-stained Gümüşsuyu Kışla (Barracks) built in 1862 by Sarkis Balyan and now pressganged into the services of the İstanbul Technical University.

Built in 1947, the Beşiktaş football stadium can lay claim to a unique view that takes in two continents. In 2014 it was being rebuilt ahead of Turkey's bid to host the 2020 Olympics. 

Eating

If you need a quick caffeine fix before starting off down Gümüssuyu Caddesi then the Gezi Pastanesi at the top of the street near the Atatürk Cultural Centre should fit the bill nicely. gumus1The old Japanese Consulate

Transport info

Gümüssuyu is most readly reached from the Taksim Metro station, then a short walk. You could also walk up from the Kabataş tram stop but it's a steep climb. 

Dolmuşes also run here from Beşiktaş, leaving from opposite the Deniz Müsezi (Naval Museum).

Nearby areas

Dolmabahçe

Elmadağ

Taksim Square

Talimhane

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