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9th-century Pera (Beyoğlu), a traditional tram trundled along the Grande Rue de Pera (İstiklal Caddesi) for 1.64 km (1 mile) connecting Taksim Square with Galatasaray and Tünel Square (map).

The tram was taken out of service in 1961, replaced by buses.

After İstiklal Caddesi became a pedestrian zone, the tram was restored and revived in 1990.

Although it's as much a curiosity as a means of transport, you'll find it useful if your feet are tired while walking Beyoğlu's main shopping and dining avenue. You can use your Istanbulkart to ride (here's more on fares)The historic tram cars are small and cannot hold many passengers, and are often full. The ride is relatively slow (for one thing, the conductor must constantly ring his bell to clear the way of pedestrians), but pleasant—a good quick tour of İstiklal Caddesi.

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