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In the 19 the and early 20 the centuries, foreign or foreign-trained architects began to unfold a neoclassical blend: European architecture mixed in with Turkish baroque and some concessions to classic Ottoman style. Many lavish embassies were built in Pera(Beyoğlu) as vehicles for the colonial powers to cajole the Sublime Porte into trade and territorial concessions. The in - Vogue Swiss Fossati brothers were the responsible for the Netherlands and Russian consulates-general along Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul.

Also in the capital, Vedat Tek, a Turkish architect who had studied in Paris, built the central post office, a melange of Ottoman elements such as arches and tikework and European symmetry. Sirkeci Train Station, by the German architect Jachmund, is another example of this eclectic neoclassicism.