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According to Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay, the municipalities will make
new plans and correct the silhouette of Istanbul by demolishing some buildings. Hürriyet photo

According to Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay, the municipalities will make new plans and correct the silhouette of Istanbul by demolishing some buildings. Hürriyet photo

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay said he already gave a brief to destroy buildings that damage Istanbul’s silhouette.

“The prime minister said the buildings, which damage the silhouette of Istanbul, are disturbing everyone, and the president said the municipalities were to remake new plans and correct the silhouette,” Günay said, adding that the buildings will be remodeled and corrected. “There will also be destruction,” he said, adding that if Park Hotel had its highest story demolished then all buildings could follow this example. From now on it will be impossible to see buildings that disturb Istanbul’s silhouette, Günay said.

Günay said Beşiktaş football club’s stadium, in the middle of Beşiktaş near the Ottoman Dolmabahçe Palace, may be expropriated from the club.

“It is very hard to destroy and rebuild the stadium,” he said.

There are many tunnels from the palace passing under the stadium, and it is impossible to build a new stadium on the tunnels or to build a car park underneath, he added. “Even with a small construction project, the heritage on the site would be revealed,” said Günay, adding that such a discovery would prevent any development.

1939 was part of a single party era that flagrantly allowed construction of the stadium on Istanbul’s cultural heritage, he said. There was conflict between the Turkish Republic and the history of the Ottoman Empire, which resulted in the destruction of the Taksim Kışla (army barracks) on the stadium site. Currently it is impossible to carry out any construction on the stadium, he said.

“It was not a right move to build a football stadium in the backyard of an Ottoman palace,” he said, adding that the area was an exclusive region and an urban protected area for Istanbul.

January/14/2012

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Ex Patriot

5/17/2012 8:45:20 PM

You guys are all missing the point...Its just a big matrix thing drawn over peoples eyes. Questions should be "Is it the prime minister's duty to care about Istanbul's silhouette ? Where are you going to get the money from ? Who is going to do the construction work ? (AKP related firms ? Again ? must be a coincidence !)...Hence, somethings are even PM resistant in Istanbul...

Blue Dotterel

2/1/2012 11:58:38 AM

The worst building is the Ritz-Carlton. It is an eye sore, even if it didn't affect the silhouette. Lopping off two thirds of it wouldn't be enough. Frankly, the architects and planners who gave permission for it should suffer the Padishah's justice.

Tracy Lockett

1/31/2012 5:48:24 PM

What a total waste of money and it depends on where you are standing as to what you see at the time - crazy crazy crazy!!!!

Brit in Turkey

1/30/2012 7:55:10 PM

Any word on the fate of the planner who agreed to the building of the tall buildings?

Red Tail

1/14/2012 8:39:31 AM

The high buildings are private property. Who will pay compensation for that? Sounds like it could be expensive for the tax payers and that the money woulld be better spent in schools. I dont like hte tone "PM dislikes the buillding - Pull them down!"

ibrahim osman

1/14/2012 1:32:37 AM

A bit late to wake up,the city already having been destroyed by ignorance,greed and as mentionned in your article:republican purity.All which still exists with beauty is Ottoman.The rest looks like some 2nd rate,cheap russian provincial city.Sad!
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