Haydarpasha by Jens Helmstedt
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From the magnificent railway station Haydarpaşa (Haydarpasha), located at the Bosphorus on the asian side of Istanbul, every day a few cheap trains starts to Anatolia.

The railway station was built by the german company Philip Holzmann and completed in 1908. One hundred years ago the Ottomans wanted to build a rapid rail transport connection across Anatolia from Istanbul to Konya, over Adana, Aleppo to Baghdad.

As an ally of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. had undertaken companies like Philip Holzmann, Krupp and the German Bank as a financier for the project. The construction of the railway claimed the lives of many workers, especially in the rugged mountainous regions of Anatolia.

Between 1900 and 1908 another line was built with German participation in the Ottoman Empire, known as the Hijaz Railway from Damascus to Medina, bringing Muslim pilgrims to the holy places of Islam, but also allowed a rapid relocation of Ottoman troops to Arab provinces. The Hejaz Railway became famous when rebelled Arab tribes under the guidance of British secret agent Thomas Edward Lawrence, known as “Lawrence of Arabia”, perpetrated attacks and sabotage on the train lines.

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  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Had heard of these wonderful systems, but had seen nothing of it. Thanks for the photo and the narrative.

  • Thank you very much for your interest and kind comment!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsover 5 years ago

    An excellemnt photograph and very intersting information

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Thea!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenover 5 years ago

    Outstanding image and info ….Jens!!What a beautiful old building that is ! Sorry I have missed some of your work of late ..I just haven’t been on awhole lot !

  • Thank you very much for viewing and your wonderful comment Carla!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much !!!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Thank you very much Eyal!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 5 years ago

    fantastic capture!

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Carol!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous place!! …Terrific capture Jens…:o))

  • Thank you very much for your nice words Lorena!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 5 years ago

    oh wow

    congratulations on the feature/so wonderful

  • Thank you very much Shanghaiwu!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 5 years ago

    it is always a pleasure!

  • Thanks again Shanghaiwu!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you very much Antanas!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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