Istanbul, Oct 28 () – The historical Haydarpaşa Train Station in Kadıköy district of Istanbul has hosted the Republic Day celebrations, covering the concert of Istanbul Symphony Orchestra and an exhibition displaying photos dating back to birth of the Republic, on late Oct 17.
Hundreds of inhabitants joined the celebrations, where renowned Turkish historian Prof. İlber Ortaylı made a speech entitled “Education in the Turkey of Republic”, at the “Republic in Peace” event.
"What will happen to Haydarpaşa Station?"
Prof. Ortaylı addressed the painful transformation at the ancient Haydarpaşa Train Station, suffering since a massive fire on its roof in 2010, then left to its faith, as restorations were canceled for unknown reasons.
“Haydarpaşa Train Station has been on its feet in the last 100 years. However, the train station is not working, recently. So, what will happen to the station? It would not suffice to say no to project plans for the station. We should also have an idea of the alternatives to take into account. Selimiye Barrack and the Numune Hospital is located around the station. This area could be changed into a major culture park” proposed İlber Ortaylı.
Organizer of the event, Kadıköy Mayor Aykurt Nuhoğlu also made a speech, urging there were efforts to take back the values gained with the Republic, in the country. “Our main objective should be to protect and carry into the future, the values of the Republic” said Nuhoğlu, at the 92nd Anniversary of the Republic.
Following the ceremony, participants sang the 10th Year Anthem, written for the 10th year of the Turkish Republic in 1933, on the steps of the station.