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22.08.2014 10:28
Istanbul to Demolish Skyscrapers Impairing Historic Skyline
The construction of the skyscrapers stirred public outrage and sparked criticism

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Turkey’s Council of State has approved an earlier order by the Istanbul 4th Administrative Court to demolish controversial skyscrapers in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district that impair the city's historic skyline, Hurriyet Daily reported.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Zeytinburnu Municipality had filed separate appeals with the Council of State against the demolition order given by the Istanbul 4th Administrative Court in May of this year. However, the Council of State recently ruled to reject the appeals and approved the demolition order of the İstanbul court.

The construction of the luxury residence complex OnaltiDokuz consisting of three buildings of 27, 32 and 37 floors stirred public outrage and sparked criticism, with activists and intellectuals saying the high-rise buildings mar Istanbul's historic skyline, which includes the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

Former culture minister Ertugrul Günay spoke out after leaving his ministerial post in December. “The prime minister has never given up being the mayor of Istanbul. He is personally keeping track of giant construction projects all over the country. High-rises in Istanbul can only be done with his permission”, Guardian wrote, citing Günay.

TAGS: Istanbul | skyscrapers | Hagia Sophia | Topkapi Palace | Blue Mosque | historic heritage | architecture | aesthetics | construction | culture | OnaltiDokuz | real estate 

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