November 11, 2011

Historic Turkish Station to See Long Needed Restorations

Turkish officials have confirmed that İstanbul's Sirekci Station, an icon of late Ottoman İstanbul, will soon see the first extensive restoration in the building's 121 year history.

The storied building, once the last stop in the fabled "Orient Express" between İstanbul and Europe and the place of departure for Turkish workers who first left for Germany in 1961, will see extensive repairs that will include the replacement of its century-old roof, a makeover of its weather-worn façade and other needed renovations.

Turkish officials say it will be the first time since the station's 1890 opening that such an extensive restoration has been planned.


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