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Sirkeci Station, Istanbul

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Istanbul Sirkeci Terminal, also known as Istanbul Terminal, is a railway terminal in Istanbul. The terminal is located on the tip of Istanbul's historic peninsula right next to the Golden Horn and just northwest of Gülhane Park and the famous Topkapı Palace. Sirkeci Terminal, along with Haydarpaşa Terminal on the other side of the Bosphorus, are Istanbul's two intercity and commuter railway terminals. Built in 1890 by the Oriental Railway as the eastern terminus of the world-famous Orient Express, Sirkeci Terminal has become a symbol of the city. As of 19 March 2013 service to the station had been indefinitely suspended due to the rehabilitation of the existing line between Kazlıçeşme and Halkalı for the new Marmaray commuter rail line. On 29 October 2013, a new underground station opened to the public and is currently serviced by Marmaray trains travelling across the Bosphorus. Sirkeci Terminal has a total of 4 platforms with 7 tracks . Formerly, commuter trains to Halkalı would depart from tracks 2, 3 and 4 while regional trains to Kapıkule, Edirne and Uzunköprü along with international trains to Bucharest, Sofia and Belgrade would depart from tracks 1 and 5.
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  • This is an impressive Ottoman station, the building houses a cafe, restaurant and small museum relating to Turkish railways. We stopped off to use the cafe for tea. It has a nice relaxed feel...  more »
  • It has been one of the landmarks of the old city. The Marmaray connection makes it easy to access. It is a useful vehicle for residents. The atmosphere is great with lots of memories.  more »
  • It used to be a great hub for train transportation in Europe, nowadays there are still some international route but not as in the past. Good to visit and see how it was importante in the old days...  more »

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