World Bulletin / News Desk
Edirne Palace, the palace where the early Ottoman sultans lived and where Mehmet the Conqueror continued to spend much of his time even after the capture of İstanbul, will be restored to match old, historical photos of the palace.
Associate Professor Mustafa Özer, who is overseeing ongoing restoration of and excavations at Edirne Palace, has found new historical photos depicting Edirne Palace in its former glory in the archives of a Russian library. The photos, reportedly taken by a Russian soldier during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, known in Turkish as the '93 Harbi, will be used as the inspiration for the restoration of the palace.
Özer stated that when researching he found photos depicting the previous state of the palace before it was damaged during the 1877-78 war and that they wanted to benefit from the use of the photos when restoring the historical site. Özer added that they had also found photos of famous architect Mimar Sinan's masterpiece Selimiye Mosque as well as Eski Mosque and Üç Şerefeli Mosque, all taken during the war.
There is already an ongoing restoration project taking place at the palace under the joint sponsorship of Parliament, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Bahçeşehir University. Excavations have also been taking place, but only in parts of the palace that remained stable after '93 Harbi, such as the Kum Kasrı, or Sand Pavilion.Last Mod: 23 Temmuz 2012, 17:41