The exhibition “From Istanbul to Hijaz: Hicaz Railways with Documents”, organized by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Yunus Emre Institute (YEE), was opened in Irbid, the second largest city in Jordan.
Organized in cooperation with TIKA and YEE last June, the second stop of the exhibition, which was held in the capital Amman, was Irbid, one of the important cities of Jordan. Opening of the exhibition 19. It was built by the Turkish Ambassador to Amman Murat Karagöz in the Dar As Saraya Museum, which was built as an Ottoman fortress in the 16th century.
In his opening speech, of 2020 years, "Jordan Mutual Turkey Culture Year" declared Ambassador reminded that Karagoz this context, the events will continue to be organized, he said.
Karagöz added that the restoration works are being carried out at Amman Railway Station by TİKA and that the construction of the museum, which will explain the history of the Hejaz Railway, is continuing.
Within the scope of the event, documents and photographs were exhibited on 100, which has survived from the Ottoman archives. In the exhibition, II. The donation campaign initiated by Abdulhamid included documents, telegraph samples, official correspondence, historical maps and photographs of the people who supported them both inside and outside the Ottoman lands.
The event was attended by Arab and Turkmen tribes, businessmen, academics, government officials and Turkish and Jordanian guests residing in Irbid.
Sultan II. It was built between Damascus and Medina between the years 1900-1908, which Abdulhamid Khan said about the Hejaz Railway as dır my old dream ”. The construction of the line from Damascus to Medina was reached in Amman in 1903, Maan in 1904, Medayin-i Salih in 1906 and Medina in 1908.
The construction of the railway was completed in an acceptable time despite the extreme difficulties caused by extreme heat, drought, water shortage and poor terrain.
Hicaz Railway, one of the most important projects of the period, was realized with the donations delivered to the Ottoman Empire by Muslims living in different geographies of the world and became a work that symbolized the unity of Muslims. 1 / 3 was provided from donations and 2 / 3 from other revenues.
In addition to producing significant military, political, economic and social consequences for the Ottoman Empire, the railroad was reduced to a forty-five days of long and dangerous pilgrimage, which lasted approximately forty days and fifty days from Mecca to Syria.