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Sirkeci and Eminonu Istanbul

Sirkeci and Eminonu Istanbul
The railway station at Sirkeci is famous for being the last stop of the old Orient Express trains and today is the starting point for trains going to Europe; this will remain so until the completion of the Marmaray Project .

Sirkeci

Sirkeci means “vinegar-seller” in Turkish although there is no proof
that vinegar was ever sold here and it is probably a corruption of the Greek word “Strategion” which means “the place of the commander”.

Its narrow streets sit between the New Mosque and Sirkeci that were largely rebuilt in the 19th century and have since had many more businesses crammed into its already limited space. It’s a great place to buy cheap electronic goods and has many small kebab eateries where you can get a good meal for little cost.  

Eminonu

Eminönü in Turkish means “in front of justice” and it may have taken its name from the courts and custom houses associated with the docks here.

Places to Visit in Sirkeci and Eminonu

Main Post Office

Worthy of a visit, is the beautiful building of the  Main Post Office that dates from the beginning of the 20th century and was built in a style that is associated with the young Turkish Republic, which can also be seen in the First Vakif Han and the Fourth Vakif Han in the  Eminonu area.

Sirkeci Train Station

Turkiye Is Bankasi Museum

Spice Market or  Egyptian Bazaar 

Galata  Bridge 

Golden Horn

Gulhane Park

Tahtakale

Zindan (Dungeon) Han
 

Yeni Mosque

Other Must See Sights in Sirkeci and Eminonu

Tomb of Abdulhamid I
First National Architecture
Hobyar Mosque
Vlora Han
The First & Fourth Vakıf Hans
Harbour Building (Liman Han)
Rustem Pasa Mosque 

Kamondo Steps 

 

Things to do in Sirkeci and Eminonu


Check out whirling dervishes who perform inside Sirkeci station in the old events room there on Fridays and Sundays at 19:30. They can also be seen inside the Hocapasa Hamam on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 19:30 and tickets can be purchased at both places.

Getting to Sirkeci and Eminonu

Take the train to Sirkeci Station or use the tram and alight at either Sirkeci or Eminonu .

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