World Bulletin / News Desk
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has agreed to declare 2013 the year of Piri Reis on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of a map he drew up that included seven continents, reported the Anatolia news agency.
A meeting was held on Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the attendance of Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım and Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz. Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay stated that they applied to UNESCO in 2011 to receive approval for 2013 to be the year of Piri Reis and UNESCO had responded positively. The minister further stated that Reis would be promoted to younger generations through many activities such as symposiums, documentary film festivals, book launches and exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad.
Yıldırım told reporters that the map which was drawn 500 years ago is more than just a map; it is an artifact with historic, cultural and social significance and they have requested for a museum to be constructed in the Gelibolu district of Çanakkale where the map was drawn up.
Yılmaz stated that it was one of the oldest maps in the world, six pieces of which have been lost with one of the lost pieces thought to depict America.
“This map marks a significant event in the history of the country and has enabled its collective knowledge to be transmitted through generations. As a rare world map from the 15th and 16th centuries, Piri Reis World Map is an invaluable piece of the world's documentary heritage as it provides insight on the history of its time. It is therefore part of the Memory of the World and should be made better known,” stated UNESCO.
The world-renowned Ottoman captain and cartographer Reis is best known for world maps and charts collected in his “Kitab-ı Bahriye” (Book of Navigation).
UNESCO also declared 2012 the year of Ottoman musician Buhurizade Mustafa Itri on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his death.
The theme of this year will be the Battle of Canakkale, also known as the Dardenelles Campaign, which marks its 100 year anniversary on 2015.
Sofia, has played host to Iran with a cultural concert commemorating 36 years Iranian revolution
The heart of the once-vibrant city of Al-Khalil is ghost town of abandoned shops, empty houses and dirty streets – another victim in the long-running Israel-Palestine conflict.
This weekend is the anniversary of the Russian revolutionary's unwilling exile in Turkey.
"Aferim!", which means "well done", shares the same producer, Ada Solomon, as the Romanian film Child's Pose, which won the Golden Bear in 2013.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's children's book.
Two decades after the siege of Sarajevo, the city struggles to preserve authentic reminders of mass killings.
Some white South Africans say they were not being recruited because of their color
Harper Lee's first novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," became an instant best-seller and has since sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide.
Direcor Steven Spielberg was talking to Holocaust survivors in the southern Polish city of Krakow
Cafcaf magazine responds to Hebdo in the same language, saying that nothing will be forgiven by those who have been oppressed and blood still being spilt.
One of Asia's largest photo festivals aims to rebalance image of the developing world
Political complications in the Ottoman Empire made way for new power centres with Ottoman soldiers at their head.
Painters in Lok Virsa street reflect the daily life and culturel beauties of Pakistan in their paintings.
After decades of conflict, Afghans poets are finding their inspiration in their collective hope for peace.
Istanbul night owls are travelling tens of kilometers to use the city's first all-night library which houses more than half million publications.