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ISTANBUL HAYDARPAşA TERMINAL or HAYDARPAşA TERMINUS (Turkish : Haydarpaşa Garı) is a railway terminal in Istanbul
. Until 2012 the station was a major intercity, regional and commuter rail hub as well as the busiest railway station in Turkey
. Haydarpaşa, along with Sirkeci Terminal (on the other side of the Bosphorus
), are Istanbul's two intercity and commuter railway terminals. As of 19 June 2013 all train service to the station has been indefinitely suspended due to the rehabilitation of the existing line for the new Marmaray
commuter rail line. The station building however still houses the headquarters for District 1 of the State Railways.

The station building, built in 1909 by the Anatolian Railway (CFOA) as the western terminus of the Baghdad
and Hedjaz railways, has become a symbol of Istanbul
and Turkey
and is famous throughout the Middle East.

Haydarpaşa is situated on an embankment over the Bosphorus
just south of the Port of Haydarpaşa and is slightly north from central Kadıköy
. Until the suspension of rail service, ferry service was available to Eminönü , Karaköy and Kadıköy
from the station's ferry dock.

The closure of the station has been subject to a lot of controversy. As it is unclear if Haydarpaşa will be re-opened to rail service once the Marmaray
project is complete, many claim that the Turkish government is planning to sell the historic railway station along with the port and turn it into a residence/luxury resort.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Ottoman Era (1872–1922) * 1.2 Republican Era (1923–Present) * 1.3 Marmaray
and upgrading works

* 2 Service * 3 Vicinity * 4 Public transport links * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


OTTOMAN ERA (1872–1922)

was the capital of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
as well as the largest city in the empire. İstanbul
was a major economic and cultural hub. However, İstanbul
had no rail links, so in 1871 Sultan Abdülaziz
ordered a rail line to be built from Haydarpaşa to İzmit . Haydarpaşa station opened in 1872, when the railway reached Gebze . In 1888 the Anatolian Railway (CFOA) took over the line and the station. Since the station was built next to the Bosphorus, freight trains would unload at Haydarpaşa and the freight would be transferred to ships . Haydarpaşa station saw its first regular passenger service in 1890: a daily train from Haydarpaşa to İzmit. In 1892 the CFOA built a line to Ankara
and shortly after a daily train ran between the two cities. Interior hall in Haydarpaşa Terminal

Haydarpaşa was chosen to be the northern terminus of the Baghdad Railway and the Hedjaz Railway in 1904, and, with rail traffic increasing, a new and larger building was required. The Anatolian Railway hired two German architects, Otto Ritter and Helmut Conu, to build the new building. They chose a neo-classical structure and construction started in 1906. Its foundation is based on 1100 wooden piles, each 21 metres long, driven into the mushy shore by a steam hammer. German and Italian stonemasons crafted the facade embellishments of the terminal. The German engineers and craftsmen who worked at the construction site of the building established a small German neighbourhood in the Yeldeğirmeni quarter of Kadıköy
. The new pseudo-castle structure was completed on 19 August 1909. The new terminal was inaugurated on 4 November 1909 for the anniversary of Mehmed V
Mehmed V
. The new terminal was built on land reclaimed from the sea. World War I
World War I
broke out in 1914 and the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
sided with the Central Powers
Central Powers
against the Allied Powers . The Ottomans lost and İstanbul
was taken over by the British Empire
British Empire
. Haydarpaşa was under strong military control by the British during the occupation.


Haydarpasa terminal in 2007

The Turkish Independence War
Turkish Independence War
ended on 29 October 1923. The Republic of Turkey
was formed and the British Empire
British Empire
withdrew from İstanbul. Haydarpaşa terminal was still under CFOA control but in 1927 the newly formed Turkish State Railways took over the CFOA and the terminal, in an attempt to nationalise all Turkish railways. In 1927 the CIWL
started a premier train service from Haydarpaşa to Ankara: the Anatolian Express . This all-sleeper train travelled daily between the two cities. In 1938 the Eastern Express entered service from Haydarpaşa to the eastern Turkish city of Kars
, a distance of 1,994 km (1,239 mi). With the completion of the Baghdad Railway
Baghdad Railway
to Baghdad, the famous Taurus Express entered service in 1940 from Haydarpaşa to Baghdad
, a distance of 2,566 km (1,594 mi). In 1965 the Trans-Asia Express entered service from Haydarpaşa to Tehran
, a distance of 3,059 km (1,901 mi). In 1969 the tracks from Haydarpaşa to Gebze were electrified with 25 kV AC
25 kV AC
catenary for the Haydarpaşa-Gebze Commuter Line . Haydarpaşa terminal after the fire that destroyed its roof in 2010

In 1979 a tanker burning on the Bosphorus
damaged the terminal building, but it was restored a few months later. On 28 November 2010 a fire caused by carelessness during the building's restoration destroyed the roof and the 4th floor of the terminal building.

In 2011 the World Monuments Fund
World Monuments Fund
, the New York-based heritage preservation organization, placed the railway terminal on its 2012 Watch, drawing attention to the uncertain future of the historical site. There are plans to transform the terminal building into a luxury hotel. In November 2012 the station was the site of a three-day art exhibit entitled "Haydarpasa: Past, Present and Uncertain Future", which was organised in collaboration with the WMF, and featured Canadian and Turkish artists and photographers, seeking to raise international interest in preserving the station as a vibrant public transportation hub. In October 2013 the same art event is to be held in Vienna in Austria also on the theme of heritage preservation.


Haydarpasa terminal in 2014 Haydarpaşa Terminal and Seraglio Point
Seraglio Point
at the back.

On 2 February 2012 Haydarpaşa Railway Terminal temporarily closed to long-distance trains for at least 30 months to allow for the construction of the Istanbul– Ankara
high-speed railway , and the Marmaray
rail transport project which will connect Istanbul's Asian and European sides via an undersea commuter train line. There will be no train services between Istanbul
and the Asian destinations of Turkey
(with the sole exception of the suburban line to Pendik , a suburb 45 km east of Istanbul). In April 2012 commuter service to Gebze
was suspended past Pendik . Finally, as announced by the Turkish State Railways, the only remaining train service from Haydarpaşa, the suburban line to Pendik, closed on 19 June 2013 for at least 24 months for line improvement works.


Due to construction of the Istanbul- Ankara
high-speed railway and Marmaray
, train services to Haydarpaşa have been temporarily suspended.


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Terminus Trans-Asian Express Bostancı Toward Tatvan Pier

Terminus Capital Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Eskişehir

Terminus Republic Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Eskişehir

Terminus Fatih Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Ankara

Terminus Ankara
Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Ankara

Terminus Bosphorus
Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Ankara

Terminus Anatolia Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Ankara

Terminus Eskişehir Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Eskişehir

Terminus Sakarya Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Eskişehir

Terminus Eastern Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Kars

Terminus Van Lake Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Tatvan

Terminus Southern Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Kurtalan

Terminus Meram Express Söğütlüçeşme Toward Konya

Terminus Central Anatolia Blue Train Söğütlüçeşme Toward Adana

Terminus Haydarpaşa-Adapazarı Regional Söğütlüçeşme Toward Adapazarı

Terminus Haydarpaşa-Gebze Line Söğütlüçeşme Toward Gebze


The nearby Haydarpaşa Campus of the Marmara University
Marmara University
, originally built as the Imperial Medical School and designed by Alexander Vallaury and Raimondo D\'Aronco .

There are tombs and monuments in the Haydarpaşa Cemetery near the military hospital, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth
soldiers who lost their lives during the Crimean War
Crimean War
(1854–1856) and during the two World Wars (1914–1918 and 1939–1945 , respectively.)

The north-west wing of the 19th-century Selimiye Barracks , which was transformed into a military hospital during the Crimean War, was the place where the nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale
cared for wounded and infected British soldiers. Her room is today a museum, and her belongings are exhibited to honour her memory. The museum also contains other items which date from the Crimean War.

The buildings of the Haydarpaşa Numune Hospital, GATA Military Hospital, Dr. Siyami Ersek Hospital and the present-day Haydarpaşa Campus of the Marmara University
Marmara University
(the former Haydarpaşa High School, which was originally built as the Mekteb-i Tıbbiye-i Şahane (Imperial Medical School) and designed by architects Alexander Vallaury and Raimondo D\'Aronco ) are located close to the terminal.

The Port of Haydarpaşa at the north is one of the main container terminals of Turkey.


* Suburban train Haydarpaşa- Gebze
* Ferryboat Kadıköy
-Haydarpaşa- Karaköy * Sea bus Haydarpaşa-Kabataş * Train-ferryboat Haydarpaşa Terminal- Sirkeci Terminal


* Baghdad Railway
Baghdad Railway
* Hejaz Railway * Istanbul
Sirkeci Terminal , the other major train terminal of Istanbul
on the European side * List of train stations in Turkey
* Public transport in Istanbul


* ^ Haydarpaşa Station History - Trains and Railways of Turkey * ^ Haydarpasa Port Geldi, Gozde Haydarpasa kentvedemiryolu.com * ^ Haydarpasa Port onaylandi * ^ Haydarpasa ne olacak? - kentvedemiryolu.com * ^ A B C CFOA History - Trains and Railways of Turkey * ^ A B TCDD History - Trains and Railways of Turkey * ^ The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Steam and Rail - By Colin Garrat and Max Wade-Matthews, page 401 * ^ The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Steam and Rail - By Colin Garrat and Max Wade-Matthews, page 396 * ^ The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Steam and Rail - By Colin Garrat and Max Wade-Matthews, page 403 * ^ Haydarpaşa Railway Station WMF Program: 2012 Watch - World Monuments Fund * ^ Haydarpasa closed for restoration after 104 years - PortTurkey.com * ^ TCDD Official Site - Haydarpaşa commuter train timetables


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