During a recent inspection of the ongoing work, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloglu announced that the meticulous restoration work at Haydarpasa train station in Istanbul, aimed at preserving its historical charm, is set to be completed by 2024.
Tragedy delayed the restoration of the train station
Sadly, in 2010, tragedy struck when a devastating fire engulfed the station, resulting in the collapse of its roof. Since then, restoration efforts have been vital in bringing back the grandeur of this architectural gem.
Uraloglu expressed confidence that the restored station would attract both local and foreign tourists, emphasising the importance of maintaining the station's original aesthetic appeal.
Restoration years in the making
He spoke at length to say: "The restoration of the roof, which suffered the most damage, was completed over the course of three years. Eleven steel roof trusses were restored in accordance with the original design, ensuring the preservation of the building's unique architectural elements. Furthermore, damaged steel trusses, brick walls and wooden roof materials were meticulously repaired. Water and heat insulation measures were implemented, and the copper, lead and slate rooftop coverings, along with the roof gutters, were replaced in line with the original design.”
Furthermore, he continued on to say: “The passenger waiting hall on the ground floor, which was extensively damaged by the fire, underwent plaster repair and painting to replicate its original appearance. In order to preserve the historical texture, a dedicated workshop was established to carefully repair and reassemble the exterior stained-glass windows, which were also damaged in the fire.”
The minister proudly announced that the historic clock, an iconic symbol of the landmark station, had been replaced and its distinctive features restored with great attention to detail.
Historical and architectural significance of the station
Haydarpasa Train Station was built between 1906 and 1908 by German architects Otto Ritter and Helmut Cuno and holds immense significance both architecturally and historically. It was the starting point for trains travelling to Anatolia for many years.
Archaeological excavations have been ongoing in and around the station area and have led to the discovery of numerous artefacts from the late Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras. These findings further highlight the historical significance of the site and make it an even more attractive tourist destination.
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