September 9, 2013
Scholars in Turkey Fight Destruction of Historic Ottoman Sites
Tolga Sezgin, Nar Photos, Redux
On a hot afternoon in late July, some 60 archaeologists, historians, architects, and activists gathered in the Istanbul Chamber of Architects headquarters, just off the historic port neighborhood of Karaköy, to form a plan. Their goal: to protect Istanbul's cultural heritage from the looming threat of government-backed development projects.
In June, when all eyes were on the antigovernment demonstrations sparked by plans to do away with Gezi Park, in Taksim Square, a number of