The Orient Express is the name of a long-distance passenger train service. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the timetabled service.
The original route, which first ran on October 4, 1883, was from Paris, Gare de l'Est, to Giurgiu in Romania via Munich and Vienna. In 1885, another route began operations, this time reaching Istanbul via rail from Vienna to Belgrade and Niš, carriage to Plovdiv and rail again to Istanbul. On June 1, 1889, the first non-stop train to Istanbul left Paris (Gare de l'Est). Istanbul remained its easternmost stop until May 19, 1977.
In 1982, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express was established as a private venture, running restored 1920s and 1930s carriages from London to Venice. This service runs between March and November, and is firmly aimed at leisure travelers, with tickets costing over $3,120 per person from London to Venice including meals. As of October 2009 the company offers once a year service from Paris to Istanbul in August and Istanbul to Paris trip in September.
The eastern terminus was the Sirkeci Terminal by the Golden Horn. Ferry service from piers next to the terminal would take passengers across the Bosphorus to Haydarpaşa Terminal, the terminus of the Asian lines of the Ottoman Railways. Istanbul Sirkeci Terminal, also known as İstanbul Terminal, (Turkish: Sirkeci Garı) is a terminus main station of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in Sirkeci, on the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. International, domestic and regional trains running westwards depart from this station which was inaugurated as the terminus of the Orient Express.
After the Crimean War, the Ottoman authorities concluded that a railway connecting Europe with Istanbul was necessary. The Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz decided and permitted the route to run on the shoreline of the Sea of Marmara bordering the walls of Topkapı Palace’s lower garden. The extension line was completed on July 21, 1872. In 1873, a "temporary" terminus station in Sirkeci was built. The construction of a new terminal building began on February 11, 1888. The terminus, was opened on November 3, 1890, replacing the temporary one. The architect of the project was August Jachmund, a Prussian who was sent to Istanbul by the German government in order to study Ottoman architecture. The terminal building which rises on an area of 1,200 m2 (13,000 sq ft) is one of the most famous examples of European Orientalism, and has influenced the designs of other architects. The building was also modern, having gas lighting and heating in winter.
The terminal restaurant became a meeting point for journalists, writers and other prominent people from the media in the 1950s and 1960s. The same restaurant, today called "Orient Express", is a popular spot among tourists.
The current station is preserved in its original state, but the areas around the terminal building have largely changed since 1890.
Members of the Mevlevi Dervish order regularly conduct ceremonies at Sirkeci Terminal, which tourists and other members of the public can observe for an admission fee.
Our event will start at 18:30 local time outside in front of the train station. Duration of the event is half an hour. We will take some pictures together, trade some trackables and meet some Geocachers from all over the world. At 19:00, we will end the event and go somewhere to sit together and chat. Or some will find other caches after the event, there are a lot nearby.
Etkinliğimiz saat 18:30da tren istasyonunun önünde dışarda başlayacak. Etkinliğin süresi yarım saattir. Birlikte fotoğraf çektirip, bazı TB değiştirebilir ve tüm dünyadan Geocach'cilerle tanışabiliriz. Saat 19:00da etkinliği bitirip biryerlerde oturmaya giderek muhabbete devam edebiliriz. Belki birileri etkinlikten sonra kutu bulmak isteyebilir, civarda çok var.