November 14, 2011

Sirkeci Station Awaits New Restoration Project

Currently preparing for restoration, the Istanbul Sirkeci Train Station is treasured as an architectural landmark in the city and the door that opens to Europe. Following restoration plans and design, the project will be opened for tender, according to the Anatolia news agency.

“The station is not only the transportation center, it also holds Turkey’s artistic, architectural and cultural heritage together,” the general manager of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), Süleyman Karaman, told the Anatolia news agency, adding that restoration of this buildings means so much more than restoring an ordinary building.

Built in 1890 by German architect August Jasmund, an expert in Oriental architecture, the Istanbul Sirkeci Terminal, also known as Istanbul Terminal, is TCDD’s main station on the European side of Istanbul. Located near the historic Sultanahmet district, international, domestic and regional trains running westward depart from the station, which was inaugurated as the terminus of the Orient Express.

The station opened Nov. 3, 1890 with a lavish ceremony and has served the city for more than 120 years running. Some parts of the roof have been damaged, prompting TCDD to restore the building. Currently, new restoration project proposals are being drawn up for the station. Because of the roof damage, the building will be off-limits temporarily while restoration is being carried out.

Read more on Hurriyet Daily News: Sirkeci Station Awaits New Restoration Project

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