Down By the Station

The architect of Sirkeci Train Station that opened to use in 1890 is none other than August Jachmund that we have previously mentioned in this blog about Deutche Orient Bank. When designing the station, Jachmund portrayed it as a conjecture of East and West. While the station used to be by the Bosphorus when it…

From Light Watching Festivities to Fireworks

Çırağan Palace The Palace was commissioned by Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha for his wife Fatma Sultan in 17th century on the ground then known as Kazancıoğlu Gardens. During the infamous Tulip Era, the palace gardens hosted light watching festivities where candles would be placed on turtles roaming the gardens, and on clams released on to the…

The First Skyscraper of the City

Deutche Orient Bank Have you ever paid any attention to this marvelous building also known as Germania Han?    Designed by architect August Jachmund who also designed Sirkeci Train Station, this building was constructed between the years 1900 and 1910. Its tower qualifies the building to be considered as one of the first skyscrapers of…

Plans of Independence

Atatürk Museum – Şişli As you know by following your Istanbul Diary, this week we are visiting Atatürk Museum. Arriving in Istanbul after World War I in 1918, Atatürk takes lodging in Madam Osep Kasapyan’s building in Şişli.Up until he left for Samsun in May 16th of 1919 he resides in this house with his…