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Tünel Istanbul Reviews

EmEm EmEm
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Tünel May 31, 2017
The Tunnel( T) is a short underground funicular, built in late 19th century to climb the steep incline between Karakoy on the Halic shore and the hilltop Beyoglu. It is the second oldest subway system of the world. The first became operational in London in 1863. The third was in Budapest, Hungary in 1896, the historical route number 1( yellow) is included in World Heritage List.

A Frenchman Henri Gavand visited Istanbul at early 1860's as a tourist. At that time thousands of people walked between Beyoglu and Karakoy each day, climbing a steep and tiresome ramp. He devised an underground railroad project with two stations with a steam powered train that works on rail. The project was presented to the Ottoman Sultan of the peroid Abdulmecid Han and received his approval. The construction was launched shortly after and the Tunnel was opened with a solemn ceremony held on the first day of Sacrifice Holiday, on January 17 1875.

The line began being powered by electricity in 1910. Operation of the Tunnel was transferred to IETT in 1939. The whole lengh is 537m. A trip between the two stations takes about one and half minutes. From the end of Istiklal Caddesi you can easily reach Galata by walking downhill or have a stroll on Istiklal Caddesi. Frequency every two minutes from 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
jacobi says:
interesting Em
Posted on: Jun 10, 2017
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