Haydarpasa Railway Station, Istanbul
among the most beautiful buildings of istanbul, Haydarpasha train station is located in the Anatolian coast, and it emphasizes the end of Asia.
in this aspect, Haydarpasha train station can be considered the ultimate destination of historical Silk Road.
the architectural style seems to be affected by the European architecture and was in constructed in 1906.
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This is a lovely train station, near Kadikoy (My hometown,in the Anatolian part) It has been built by German architecs in 1898-1908.From 1908 it is used as a train station.
I love its location and the architecture:)
Turkey's largest and most magnificent railway station, Haydarpasa was built in the early 20th century by the German architects Otto Ritter and Helmuth Cuno. A monument to the close Turkish - German relations of the time, the station is in neo-renaissance style and has a U-plan. The inauguration ceremony took place on 19 August 1908, just after the proclamation of the Second Constitution.
The walls covered in textured sandstone, and the main wall overlooking Kadikoy Bay rests on a foundation of 1100 timber piles. The steep pitched roof is slated, and the interior is decorated with trailing foliage cartouches and garlands, and stained glass window. The ceiling of the circular room at the base of the southeast tower has ribbed vaults, and the upper landings have groin vaults. Flights of marble steps lead up from the quay to the monumental wall flanked by circular turrets with conical roofs, clock tower rising in the form of a crest at the centre, baroque decoration, balconies, molded cornices, and pilasters.
This splendid station building welcomes those arriving in Istanbul from Anatolia by train, and is the last sight of this enchanting city for those leaving with a mixture of emotions. Since 1908 Haydarpasa Station has witnessed many memorable events, both tragic and joyful. During World War I troops boarded trains for the front from here, many never to return, and in 1917 it was badly damaged in a bomb attack. Exuberant crowds welcomed Mustafa Kemal Atatürk here on many occasions when he arrived from Ankara.
Once upon a time, passengers of the Orient Express arriving at Istanbul from Europe and those who wanted to continue towards Baghdad, had to take a boat across the Bosphorus and board a train from Haydarpasa station.
Designed as a classical railway station casual to see in every European city to symbolise "Now you are in Europe" to eastern visitors...
The main stairs through the sea (Marmara) which seperates two continents makes a dramatic end to the journey (have fairwell memories in a lot of Turkish movie)
Haydarpasa Terminal was a gift from the Germans, built in neo-classical German style and completed in 1908. It immediately became the focal point for the Asian side of the Bosphorus with its busy harbor and sea walls protecting a huge edifice with 6200m2 of slate roofing. The building rests on 1,100 21meter long piers sunk deep into the sea bed. It has had a colorful past as well… In September 1917 saboteurs blew up an ammunition train causing extensive damage and loss off life. Then in 1979, the tanker, The Independent, collided with another cargo vessel just outside the first breakwater and exploded causing much damage to the ornate leadlight windows from the heat and escaping gases. But thanks to restorations the building stands proud dominating the waters edge. It’s worth the walk down to the station to see inside and stand below its lofty ceilings. When there aren’t any trains departing or arriving it is a peaceful and relaxing place with the platforms and trains stretching off into the distance.