Hydarpasha Train Station: East Meets West
This grand train station from the first decade of the 20th C is a result of the loathing Kaiser Wilhelm II felt toward Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck believed in Germany keeping her foreign relations simple and keeping Russia on her side. Upon ascending to Emperor in 1888 (the year of the three Emperors), Wilhelm ditched Bismarck and then ditched Bismarckism by refusing to renew the pact with Russia. Instead he began mucking around in the middle east, with the idea of Germany establishing a power base from Constantinople east to what became Iraq and Iran. As part of this strategy, Wilhelm planned a grand rail line to Baghdad and this station was to be the western terminus.
The plan, like most of Wilhelm's, was ill-thought out, unrealistic and served to antagonize Russia and Great Britain, countries that saw this scheme as a direct threat to their interests. In the end financing came up short and then World War I happened. I think the line to Baghdad was finally completed in the late 30's, but need to fact check that.