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Sirkeci Station or Istanbul Gar

Sirkeci Station or Istanbul Gar

The Architect

Sirkeci Station was designed by German architect, August Jasmund and built in an Oriental-Gothic style in 1887-1889; Jasmund was also the architect for the Deutsche Bank building.

Orient Express

The Sirkeci Station was specifically intended for passengers coming
 from Europe on the Orient Express which has to be one of the worlds’ most famous and glamorous train services.
In 1888 the train would steam out of London, go through Paris on-route to Istanbul and the journey took almost three days to complete. The train was equipped with every modern convenience and comfort to suit its upmarket and usually very rich passengers.  

Use of Sirkeci Station Today

Access to the railway concourse today is through a dull modern entrance as the original entrance with its excellent façade and circular stained-glass windows is unfortunately hidden behind a petrol station. There is a small museum inside the original part of the building that has pictures of what the station once looked like and souvenirs from the Orient Express in its heyday. The scenes shot for the movie “Murder on the Orient Express” the thrilling story taken from Agatha Christie’s famous novel, give a good idea of the busy colourful life that once took place on the platforms here.

The station will be taken out of service once the Marmaray Project reaches its end.


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