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Istanbul Railway Museum was opened to visitors on 23.09.2005 in Sirkeci Station. It serves on an area of 45.50 square meters. 300 cultural assets are exhibited in the museum. The museum is open every day except Sunday, Monday and feast days, and can be visited for free.
History of Istanbul Railway Museum
The foundation of Sirkeci Station, the gate of Istanbul that opened to Europe, was laid with a great ceremony on February 11, 1888. The architect of the magnificent and large station building opened on 03 November 1890 is German architect and engineer A. Jasmund. A graduate of the University of Berlin, Jasmund came to Istanbul to conduct research on oriental architecture and became the consultant architect of the palace by gaining the trust of Sultan Abdulhamit II.
While preparing the project of the Jasmund station building, he especially focused on one point. He considered Istanbul as the place where the west ended and the East started. In other words, it was the point where East and West meet. Therefore, the building should be implemented in an orientalist style and regional and national form patterns should be included. To reflect this style, brick bands were used on the facades. The windows with pointed arches and the entrance made a large entrance door reminiscent of the Seljuk period stone doors. Stained glass was completing this style.
The pedestal of the building is made of granite, the façade is marble and the stones brought from Marseille Arden. Large tile stoves brought from Austria were placed in the lounges. Illumination of the building was provided with 300 gas torches placed in various places.
The condition of Sirkeci Station was very magnificent at the time of its construction. The sea came up to the skirts of the building and descended into the sea in terraces. There were a clock tower on both sides of the central entrance, three large restaurants, as well as a large beer garden and an open-air restaurant behind the building. The big restaurant in the station was on the facade of the building’s clock tower. It was reached to the restaurant by long marble stairs.
When the railway, which was started to be built in Yedikule, came to Yenikapı, the issue of passing the line through the garden of Topkapı Palace extending to Sarayburnu led to long discussions and reached the line Sirkeci with the permission of Abdülaziz.
However, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces and mansions, whose historical value was invaluable for the purpose of expropriation, were destroyed in the construction of the railways that reached Sirkeci and lost their coastal feature.
It was printed on this scarce, which was created by Muhtar Efendi with the tughra, which does not exist today but is located on the big gate of the station;
Ulu Hakan said
For the railroad,
He built the station.
A special train that came out to announce the date
Sultan Hamit built this fancy and energetic station
The Istanbul-Edirne and Kırklareli-Alpullu sections of the 337-kilometer Istanbul-Edirne and Kırklareli-Alpullu sections of the 2000-kilometer Eastern railways, which were constructed in 1869, were completed in 1888 and opened to operation, and connected to European railways.
Visiting Days and Hours: Except Sunday and Monday, other days are open between 09:00 and 17:00.
Visit Fees: The visit is free.