Photographer's Note

This photograph was taken in Sirkeci railroad terminal at Eminönü-Istanbul...

An extension of the line to Sirkeci was demanded as the starting point Yeşilköy was too far from the business center Eminönü. First option for the line was a route from Beyazit down to the shore of Golden Horn. The Ottoman Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz decided and permitted the route to run on the shoreline of Sea of Marmara bordering the walls of Topkapi Palace’s lower garden. The extension line was completed on July 21, 1872. In 1873, a terminus station in Sirkeci was built which was known as "temporary".

The construction of a new terminal building began on February 11, 1888. The terminus, which was initially named "Müşir Ahmet Paşa Station", was opened on November 3, 1890 replacing the temporary one. The architect of the project was August Jachmund, a Prussian who was sent to Istanbul by the German government in order to study Ottoman architecture, but lectured architectural design at the School of Polytechnic in Istanbul. The terminal building on an area of 1,200 m2 is one of the greatest examples of the European Orientalism , which also influenced the designs of other architects. The building was also modern, having gas lighting and heating in winter.

The terminal restaurant became a meeting point for journalists, writers and other elite people from the media in the 1950s and 1960s. The same restaurant called "Orient Express" today is a good selection by tourists after a city walk.

The current building is preserved in its original state. But the station surroundings changed very much since 1890.

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