Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given orders to the relevant ministries to preserve İstanbul's historic skyline, which is under threat by new constructions that are often tall buildings or skyscrapers that loom behind the city's centuries-old mosques and their minarets.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay, said in televised remarks on Wednesday, “Giant buildings across İstanbul are damaging the city's skyline.
Considering this, the prime minister has given instructions to the İstanbul municipalities to come up with plans to preserve the historic skyline.” He noted that measures to protect the city's skyline could include demolishing existing buildings where necessary.
Recalling that 10 stories of the İstanbul Park Hotel in Taksim's Gümüşsuyu district were demolished in 1993 on the orders of then-İstanbul Mayor Nurettin Sözen, Günay stated that no buildings that spoil the skyline will remain in the city under a similar initiative.
Günay also made statements regarding the future of İstanbul İnönü Stadium, which belongs to the Beşiktaş football club. Günay warned the club's board, saying if they start rebuilding the stadium as planned, the property will be expropriated. Günay explained the reason behind a recent decision by the Culture and Tourism Ministry's Cultural and Natural Assets Conservation Board disallowing the project, saying, “There are many historical artifacts underneath the stadium that will be damaged if it is rebuilt.”
“This stadium was constructed under the single-party regime. During this period, they gave permission to build it [the stadium] on a very historic site,” Günay said, and stated that today's civil society would not permit such a project.
The library, also knwon as the Vijecnica national library, will continue to hold Open Days up till July 31 everyday between 10.00-17.00 local time.
The house is designed to reflect the cultural characteristics of Muslim family two centuries ago.
The facsimile of the Quran of Uthman has been published by Research Center for Islamic History Art and Culture (IRCICA).
Resembling Berlin before 1990, the city is separated by the Ibre river on which stone barricades were built.
The Sanki Yedim mosque is literally named after the saying of a man who called Kececi Hayreddin Efendi who once lived in the area during the Ottoman period.
Ayvaz Dede is a 15th century dervish who moved to the Bosnian village of Prusats from Akhisar in western Anatolia.
The ivy gives the mosque a unique appearance, protects it from deterioration, attracts tourists and keeps worshippers cool during summer heat.
Krymchaks have historically lived in close proximity to the Crimean Karaites and are an ethno-religious community of Crimea derived from Turkic-speaking adherents of Rabbinic Judaism.
The superintendent of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, said the damage was "of a limited size, although any incident of this type at Pompeii cannot be underestimated".
The flag was handed over to the Turkish ambassador in London, Unal Cevikoz, by the Turner family who had preserved the flag for almost a century.
Jeddah's historic port city was recognized for its its role as a major Red Sea trade route throughout its 2,500-year history as well as being a gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Makkah who arrived by sea.
The cave, located about 25 metres underground, consists of what is known to be the earliest known figurative drawings in the world.
The stage walls and entrance of a Roman-era amphitheater have been unearthed in Izmir.
The Qhapaq Nan roads was built in the most diverse terrains going through six South American countries linking communities in the Andes mountains to fertile valleys, rainforests and deserts.
Tourism officials say the Door to Hell, also called the Derweze crater after a nearby village, could be developed into a key draw for adventure tourists.
Izmir Roman Association head Abdullah Cistir said 'This will be the first time the Roma community produce a newspaper in Turkey.'