6400BC and 5800BC FIRST HUMAN PRESENCE . ISTANBUL. Of course a city should live, you can't turn it into a museum. But we should not wait for construction projects to learn the history of a town. We should dig on purpose, just to learn," Professor Mehmet Ozdogen argues .
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Of course a city should live, you can't turn it into a museum. But we should not wait for construction projects to learn the history of a town. We should dig on purpose, just to learn," Professor Mehmet Ozdogen argues.
"Once the past is destroyed, it's irreversible."
Cultural Preservation vs. Degredation
late classical, baroque, and late nineteenth-centuryISTANBUL
MimarSinan-Greatest Ottoman Architect
“I saw the monuments, the great ancient remains.
From every ruin I learned, from every building I absorbed something.”
Hundreds of Millions in Restoration from:
the State, Private Donation, and ….U.S GOVERNMENT!
CemberlitasHamami 8 VezirhanCad.; 90-212/522-7974
AyasofyaHurrem Sultan Hamam
$10 Million Restoration
$17 Million Lira
"A lot of people are realising that with hammams they have these really old, beautiful wellness centres already in their country, and are thinking 'why don't we go to them?”
- Nina Ergin, an Ottoman expert at Istanbul's Koc University.
Google Earth View
Constructed in 1769 by architect Mehmet Tahir Aga for the daughter of Sultan Ahmed III, ZeynepAsime Sultan, Zeynep Sultan Mosque is situated close to Gulhane Park in Sultanahmet. There are several graves of interest in the complex, including that of Zeynep herself.
Historic Map Overlaid in GoogleEarth
Rectified Overlay of Historic Map of Constantinople
Amount of Construction of Hamams and Mosques throughout the Centuries
Use of the term “Turkish Bath” throughout the Centuries
Museums vs. Malls