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Historical Facts

The Hejaz Railway Line

What Is?

The Hejaz Railway Line was a part of the Ottoman railway network connecting Istanbul to the holy land in the Arab peninsula via Damascus.

The railway line, which was supposed to transport pilgrims from all over the Ottoman Empire to Mecca via Damascus, never reached its final destination but stopped at Medina 400km short of Mecca.

Hijaz Railway and WWI

Hijaz Railway and WWI

This photo shows Ottoman soldiers leaving the city of Deraa and heading south towards the Arab peninsula during the First World War to quell the Arab revolt which the British had instigated against the Ottman through T.E. Lawrence.