Category: Travel

Tram in Istanbul

Tram in Istanbul

In his book entitled “A Tramway from Dersaadet to Istanbul,” Behcet tells the story of public transport, beginning in 1871 with the l.E.T.. `s (Istanbul Electric Tramway Tunel) horse-drawn tramways. In so doing the book also sheds light upon an important chapter in the urban social history of Istanbul.

City with a tramway going through it

“Yes, that was how it was; once upon a time, with the tramways, there was this wonderfully beautiful harmony between the avenues and streets.” Islam £upi, one of the first sportsw- riters in Turkey, who passed away only a few months ago, wrote these words for his column as he criss-crossed Istan¬bul. For many years we sat at desks next to each other and he would relate his tramway anecdotes as and when they came to mind. Briefly catching the eye of a girl with a glance, gi¬ving his newspaper to the driver when he was s