Train Tickets Shedding Light on History - The Exile Journey of the Last Caliph Abdulmecid

ticket to light history
ticket to light history

The train ticket that sheds light on history: The original documents and photographs of Son Calif Abdülmecid Efendi's exile journey and exile life appeared. Among the documents, there is a train ticket that exiles Abdulmecid and his family. Abdülmecid Osmanoğlu (Abdülmecid II) was the last Islamic Caliph. On 18 November 1922, the caliph was elected by the vote in the parliament and his duty ended on 431 March 3 with the law number 1924, which ended the caliphate. The law also included the removal of the Ottoman dynasty abroad. For this reason, Abdulmecid and his family were exiled abroad like other Ottoman dynasties.

Their journey with Simplon Express (Old Orient Express) was actually an exile with an unknown beginning and end for a new life for Abdulmecid and his relatives. When Switzerland and France were mentioned, the exile life of Caliph Abdulmecid ended when he died in Paris in 1944. To date, hundreds of articles from this period have been written, information has been shared, documents have been uncovered. Numerous photographs were also brought to the public agenda. However, new documents and photographs of these periods are still emerging from various archives. With these new details, the appropriate pieces of the puzzle fit in place.

The new information and documents reached by SABAH came out of the researcher Taha Toros archive, who died four years ago. New documents and photographs of the exile that Abdülmecid exited with his train by his relatives, will shed light on history. The most important of these documents is the ticket of the train they used to travel to Europe, where the caliph and his family were deported. Abdülmecid and his family opened the door of a new era from a comfortable life with magnificent palaces and a train journey. There was unclear information about when Abdulmecid and his companions set out. Thanks to the seal on the ticket, the history of this journey has been finalized.


The Caliph, his family and his close colleagues, who were put into a three cab from Dolmabahçe Palace, were brought to Çatalca Train Station on the way to Europe. In order not to cause any disturbance, instead of Sirkeci, Çatalca Train Station was chosen. New details about this historic journey have been reached. The ticket of the journey, as the group arrived in Hungary after the day… With this ticket we reached, it is revealed that he organized a single ticket on behalf of the group. On this train ticket, the date, the name of the city will be reached with the train, the number of people, such as the number of people filled with handwriting. on the ticket, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 11- 12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17 numbers attracts attention. These numbers are believed to belong to the seat or compartment. On the date of the ticket, 4 Mart 1924 is the same date as the ticket that was stamped on the ticket. The ticket number is 014645. Large size tickets, the lower part of the back with the world's leading hotel advertisements.


With all the comforts of living in the palaces, the family naturally left behind all their assets for a new journey. According to these new documents and information, the last Caliph and his companions have a baggage of 725 kg on this journey. The train also has the reigns of the Ottoman dynasty which also was accompanied by members of a single artist feature, two days after his journey there in Hungary, in March 6 1924 dated emerges with a charcoal study. Abdülmecid tells us about a mountainous and wooded place in this pencil drawing. While passing through Hungary, Abdülmecid took advantage of the stop of the train at a station and transferred the view to the paper with my charcoal. Caliph, the charcoal in the lower right corner of the study, "My great ancestors victoriously passed Hungary" note has fallen. When Abdülmecid and his friends arrive in Switzerland, the Bomonti family meets them. The family settles at the Büyük Alp Oteli on the shore of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva).

I've never gone through politics

A note he wrote in his own handwriting on the news about the last Caliph himself, son of Abdulaziz's son, is also among the newly released documents. In this note, Abdülmecid explains that he has never been engaged in politics and that he remains neutral.


Abdülmecid stayed at the Büyük Alp Oteli on the shore of Lake Leman and then at Nice 1924 in Nice, France, the seaside city of Nice, and completed the rest of his life in France. In another emerging photograph, Abdülmecid, his daughter Dürrüşehvar and their special pen Hüseyin Nakıp Turan walk on the shore of Nice. In the photo, the elegance of Abdülmecid and his daughter is remarkable. Meanwhile, the Dürrüşehvar, 1931 years in the world's richest rulers of Hyderabad Nizam had married the son of Azam Cahir, also remind you that marriage with Bera gets the title of princess. Another photograph from the archives is Abdülmecid's portrait. What makes this photograph special is the signature of Abdülmecid with a note he wrote in his own handwriting to the lower left of the photograph. Abdülmecid'in penned in these lines, kat Veteran such as Gazi Turhan Bey with my bourgeois days participating in the disaster my partner Hüseyin Nakip Bey I am a relic. 10 zilhicce 1342 ad includes hijri calendar information with statements.


We have accessed this historical document and information from İstanbul Şehir University, which has an archive of researcher writer Taha Toros. Ayhan Kaygusuz, the Library Director of the university, which gives a special importance to archiving, said that they are working on the file of Abdülmecid in the archive of Taha Toros and said: “This document and the information was conveyed to the great researcher Taha Toros. When we open the files, we encounter a very rich document and information. We are planning to open an exhibition for this period when the work of the Abdulmecid file is completed. ” We also learned the explanations about documents and photographs in Ottoman language from the History Student and Researcher Abdullah Karaaslan. - In the morning


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