545 Historical Buildings in Istanbul Restored to Resist Earthquake

General Directorate of Foundations, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, completed the restoration of 300 historical buildings after the 19 August earthquake, while İBB Heritage completed the restoration of 245 historical buildings.

After the earthquakes in Kahramanmaras on February 6, the destruction that occurred in 11 provinces drew all the attention to Istanbul, while the earthquake resistance of the historical buildings in the city came to the fore.

After the Marmara earthquake of 17 August 1999, which caused a great destruction, the General Directorate of Foundations, shaping the strengthening and restoration works of foundation works according to earthquake resistance, has completed the restoration of 300 historical buildings in Istanbul since 2002, and made the project drawings of 214.

300 buildings were restored within the scope of basic and simple repairs.

Restored to the Original

Within the scope of the works of the General Directorate of Foundations, works such as mosques, complexes, madrasahs, fountains, museums, libraries, soup kitchens, graves and tombs continue to be restored in accordance with the guidance of “Earthquake Risk Management for Historical Buildings”.

Works Sorted

In this context, some ancestral heirlooms whose restoration and strengthening works have been completed are listed as follows:

Sümbül Efendi Complex, Nusretiye Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Edirnekapı), Fatih Mosque and the 1st Mahmut Library, Spice Bazaar, Yıldız Hamidiye Mosque, Beşiktaş Şeyh Yahya Efendi Mosque and its annexes, Fatih Hagia Sophia Madrasa, Sarıyer Ali Kethüda Mosque, Eminönü New Mosque, Eminönü Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Teşvikiye Mosque, Fatih Mahmut Pasha Mosque, Fatih Molla Gürani Mosque, Eyüp Sultan Imaret, Fatih Molla Fenari Isa Mosque, Fatih Fethiye Mosque.

It was stated that approximately 1 billion 316 million TL was spent for restoration and strengthening works.

Restoration Procedures Are Carried Out by the Scientific Committee

The preparation and implementation of restoration projects of all works of art affiliated to the General Directorate of Foundations is carried out by the Scientific Committee, which consists of architects, civil engineers, art historians, and chemists specialized in materials, who are experts in restoration and antiquities.

Foundations General Manager Sinan Aksu, in his briefing on the subject, stated that all restorations are examined in terms of civil and earthquake engineering, and reinforcement projects are prepared if necessary.

With the works carried out in this context, the restoration of 27 works under the responsibility of Istanbul Foundations 1st Region and the supply of projects for 9 works continue.

IMM Continues Its Works to Strengthen the Heritage

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Heritage teams completed the restoration of 245 historical buildings, including the Basilica Cistern, Hasanpasa Gazhanesi and Trolleybus Force Center, as well as tombs, fountains and burials.

IMM, which carries out the maintenance and repair of cultural properties in Istanbul with expert teams such as architects, engineers, art historians, archaeologists, conservators and restorers, uses fibrous polymer reinforced (FRP) for historical walls as a reinforcement method in the restoration application of structures such as Botter Apartment, Bukoleon Palace and Yedikule Gasworks. used the wrapping method.

Steel tensioners were applied to make structures such as the Istanbul Land Walls and the Basilica Cistern resistant to earthquakes.

Restoration work continues on 33 historical buildings, including Anadolu Hisarı Castle, Rumeli Hisarı Castle, Botter Apartments and Istanbul Land Walls.

Ece Nagihan

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