Sirkeci

Sirkeci Railroad Station Sirkeci Railroad Station was built on the European side of İstanbul during the reign of Abdülhamit II. It is one of the two main stations of TCDD (Railroads of the State of the Turkish Republic) in İstanbul, along with the Haydarpaşa Railroad Station. Granite, marble, and other stone brought from Aden in Marsilia were used in the construction of the railroad station building whose plan was drawn by the German architect, August Jachmund. Construction of the railway station started in 1888 and was completed in 1890. Müşir Ahmet Paşa conducted the opening of the building on behalf of Abdülhamit II. There are two clock towers on the front façade of the Sirkeci Railroad Station. The date when the station was put into service was written on the lateral façade of the building in accordance with both the Julian calendar and the Georgian calendar. The Sirkeci Railroad Station was close to the sea when it was built but its surroundings went through a lot of changes over time. The restaurant of the station became the meeting point for writers, journalists and other famous people in the 1950's and 1960's. The Orient Express that started its journey from Paris stopped and accepted passengers at this station for many years.

The Big Post Office
This building is in Sirkeci on Big Post Office Avenue. The construction of the building, built as the Post and Telegraph office, started in 1905 and was completed four years later. Its architect was Vedat Tek.  The entrance of the building is elevated with stairs.  Both corners of the front façade are highlighted, elevated and covered with a dome. Inside the building is a rectangular middle section that rises for four floors with rooms surrounding it. Radio İstanbul operated in this building between 1927 and 1936.

 

Sepetçiler Palace (Kennedy Caddesi Sarayburnu Tel: 212 511 63 86)
This building is in Sarayburnu in Eminönü. It used to be inside the Topkapı Palace grounds. It was commissioned by Sultan İbrahim in 1643 and it was renovated by Sultan Mahmud I in 1739. The boats of the sultans would be tied to this place and sultans would watch their navies go on and return from expeditions. The place was used for medical military storage in the Republic era and it was not used for any purpose before its restoration. After the restoration carried out by the General Directorate of Foundations in 1980, it was used as the International Press Center by the General Directorate of Press and Media. 
Various services like restaurants and bars are offered in the building, which is situated on the sea today. Sepetçiler Palace is a good alternative to other places with its terraces with views of the Bosporus and its fireplace in winter.

Doğubank Office Block
The heart of the world of electronics beats here. All kinds of new electronics can be found in Doğubank. 

Şekerci Hacı Bekir
The candy shop that has been owned by the family of Hacı Bekir since 1777 offers Turkish delight, various kinds of sugar candy, halva, marmalades, and sorbets. 
(Refreshments Section P. 249)

Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi
The trademark of Kuru The trademark of Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi has been promoting Turkish coffee to the world in the same store since 1871. (Refreshments Section P. 250)

 

Fish and Bread
One of the first things that come to mind when Eminönü is mentioned is “fish and bread”. Fish and bread grilled and sold on boats that approach the shore between ship docks is an inseparable part of İstanbul even in poems and songs.  (Refreshments Section P. 244)

New Galata Bridge
The first Galata Bridge was ordered in 1845 by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan, the mother of Sultan Abdülmecid. A fee for crossing the bridge was adopted on the 25th of October 1845. The bridge was also called 'Cisr-i Cedid', 'Mother's Bridge', 'The New Bridge', 'The Great Bridge', 'The Bridge of the New Mosque', and 'Pigeon Bridge'. It is known only as the Galata Bridge today. The original Galata Bridge, which was restored in 1863, 1875 and 1912, burnt down in 1992. After it was repaired and restored it was moved to a place between Balat and Hasköy and a modern bridge was built between Karaköy and Eminönü.