Fodor's Expert Review Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

Istanbul Concerts

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Dominating one end of Taksim Square, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi is Istanbul's main performance hall. The Istanbul State Symphony ( has traditionally performed here October through May, and other ballet and dance companies appear year-round, with tickets almost absurdly cheap. Unfortunately, the venue has been languishing closed and unused since at least 2010 due to legal battles over a controversial restoration project. Although the status of the venue remains up in the air, the State Symphony performs at other venues around the city.


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Istanbul, Istanbul  Turkey


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