Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Fire at historical Haydarpasa train station in Istanbul

I heard yesterday that the beautiful and impressive train station at Haydarpaşa was damaged by fire at the end of last month. The Haydarpasa station is one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in Istanbul and well loved by travellers, Turks and Istanbulites alike. The last most westerly train station in Asia where you can catch a train that travels the Hejaz Railway which terminates in Medina running via Syria and Jordan before arriving in Saudia Arabia. The Haydarpasa terminal sits on the shoreline built on reclaimed land overlooking the Bosphorus. It is a terrible shame for Istanbul and I hope the Turkish government will make every effort to return this splendid building to it's former glory.
The fire started on 28th of November in the middle of the afternoon, the damage is mostly to the roof and the fourth floor. No people were injured.



                                   Haydarpaşa Train station in better days:



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