Across from the Kadiköy pier stands the majestic Haydarpaşa Station. An iconic part of Istanbul’s skyline and a symbolic gateway to the city. The station was once the terminus for the Istanbul-Medina-Damascus railway; a line connecting Damascus to the holy cities of Medina and Mecca. Taking pilgrims from Istanbul to Medina in 5-days, down from forty. Haydarpaşa Station was the place the Orient Express once arrived, and witnessed the country’s transformation from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Generations share a nostalgic attachement to the building and all it represents. So when it was announced that the old station was to become a hotel, naturally the citizens of Istanbul protested.
Fortunately, the bureaucrats succumbed to the will of the people, and the station is being modernized and restored to its former glory. Preparing to host passengers taking Turkey's new high-speed rail service to Ankara. On Saturday morning, I walked over to old station, intending to slip inside and steal a few pictures of abandoned railcars. Instead, I found abandoned railcars transformed into works of art.
Hospitality Inn - Daniela De Maddalena
In an old railway passenger coach at Haydarpaşa Station station, a waitress tempts guests with a 'rich and inviting menu'. The prices are strange: 1 Kurus. Tea is served, ordered dishes served. But to the diners' surprise, their plates remain empty.
GÜN The Day - Seren Ceren Asyali
In traditional Turkish society, women have meetings they call "gun" (the day). The host prepares foods and treats. The women dress their best. They eat, they share recipes, they drink tea and coffee, they gossip. All sounds familiar right? Except perhaps the apparent lack of Chardonnay. But there's a twist, at the end of the day one woman wraps a shawl around her waist, takes a used tea glass (now the Turkish tea glass shape makes sense), puts a spoon in it and sandwiches it between her waist and the shawl. Then the woman performs a belly dance, causing the spoon and glass to make music. All the women join in and the day closes with applause and laughter.
Assassin Greed - Bedri Baykam
Victims of greed, of racism, of money-hunger, of power-hunger, of egoism, misinterpretation of religion... Their victims are humans and animals. Regardless of where they live. They are the targets of a breed who worship money, abuse power and kill indiscriminately.
Advice for Coffee Fortune-Telling - Antti Tenetz
"Ne Kahve Isterim. Ne kahvehane. Gönül sohbet ister. Kahve bahane..."
I don't want coffee. I don't want a coffee shop. My Heart want to chat. Coffee is just an excuse.
A Door Full of Daisies
Station alterations also include a door adorned with daisies. Perhaps the architect created a special entrance for woman who wished that the station never to become a hotel. Perhaps someday we'll take the high-speed train to Ankara.