aydar1Haydarpaşa is the area directly north of Kadıköy on the Asian side of İstanbul which was until recently home to the main terminal for Anatolian train services.

The station is a magnificent building, designed in Germanic style in 1906 by Otto Ritter and Helmut Cuno and originally planned to provide an important link in a service that would run all the way from Berlin to Baghdad. The station was built on 1000 wooden poles anchored into the Bosphorus. Access to it by water is provided via a little terminal designed in 1917 by Vedat Tek and decorated with Kütahya tiles by the master ceramicist, Hafız Mehmed Emin Efendi.

For the last few years only limited services have been leaving the station as the lines to the east were upgraded to provide high-speed services. In 2010 the roof of the station also caught fire since when it has stood exposed to the elements. A question mark still hangs over what will become of the station. Personally, I love the idea of a hotel that would be accessible, Venice-style, by boat, although a shopping mall may well be the end result.

As ferries sail across to Haydarpaşa and Kadıköy from the European side of the city you will see a building with two thin clocktowers to either side of its grand entrance. It was designed in Neo-Ottoman style in 1894 by Raimondo d'Aronco and Alexandre Vallaury to house the Imperial School of Military Medicine and the two towers were actually the minarets of its mosque. The building now serves as the medical faculty of Marmara University. aydar2

Behind this building can be found a little piece of England in the form of the Crimean War Cemetery where British and Commonwealthy soldiers who died of their wounds in the hospital in the nearby Selimiye Barracks were laid to rest. It is the setting for a service of commemoration on Rembrance Day every November.

Here, too, you will find the graves of some 19th-century expat residents of the city as well as the relocated gravestone of Edward Barton, Queen Elizabeth I's second ambassador to the Ottomans, who died here in 1597 and was originally buried on Heybeliada. 

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aydar4A little piece of England - the Crimean War Cemetery

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