From the Media - Part 26

posted by mh on 2006/01/13 14:34

[ From the Media ]

The 16th century Hudavengigar Mosque in Plovdiv (also dzhumaya- or cuma camii) will be restored by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB). Six of the mosques nine domes are in critical condition and cracks are visible on the western wall. Concrete restoration plans have existed since March 2003, when the IBB had sent a team to Plovdiv, and obtained the necessary permits from the Bulgarian authorities. While the works were supposed to have started already in september 2004, the restoration project funded with 2,7m YTL of Istanbul's budget was now confirmed to begin. A member of Turkey's Democratic People's Party (CHP) has criticized the city's international initiatives, stating that such actions are to be undertaken solely by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.



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