Turkish ministry bans pictures inside Mevlana Museum

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has forbidden picture-taking inside the Mevlana Museum in Konya, at the request of the museum administration.

Turkish ministry bans pictures inside Mevlana Museum
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has forbidden picture-taking inside the Mevlana Museum in Konya, at the request of the museum administration.

Visitors to Mevlana Museum will not be allowed to take pictures in the museum anymore, due to a Culture and Tourism Ministry ban.
Museum officials emphasized that thousands of tourists per day and almost 1.5 million foreign and domestic tourists per year visit the museum, 90 percent of who bring digital cameras with them to take images inside the museum, according to the Anatolia news agency.

Emphasizing that the cameras are disrupting the atmosphere in the museum, officials said: "The flashes coming from the cameras are damaging the art in the museum. Photographs are usually taken of the sarcophagus of Mevlana, causing strange scenes in which one person his praying and another is posing for the camera in the same place. The constant attempts to take pictures are disturbing the peaceful environment inside, in addition to blocking the movement of visitors."

Officials also highlighted the fact it is forbidden to take pictures at many other museums around the world that see lots of visitors, adding: "We have applied to the Ministry of Culture to forbid picture-taking inside the museum between May and September because there are almost 8,000 visitors a day during these months. We received a positive reply and the ban has begun."

It has also been reported that large signs notifying people of the changes have been posted at the museum entrance door and printed on the tickets. "We plan to expand this ban year-round. Sometimes tourists react adversely to the ban, but they will get used to it. Since the beginning of the ban, visits have been more comfortable and peaceful, bringing the protection of the artwork and improving the atmosphere in the museum," added officials.

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Last Mod: 01 Ağustos 2007, 15:31
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