The Fatih Municipality of Istanbul has controversially converted historic city walls, on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites protected list, for the construction of a new wedding hall, covering them with a portable roof after receiving permission from the Provincial Board of Cultural Property Protection.
The surveying, restitution and
restoration project, encompassing the historic city walls located in
Fatih, was presented to the board in 2015.
After evaluating the
request, the board granted permission to build a “sufficient portable
cover” over the historic city walls, among the oldest structures in the
entire city, in May 2016.
The Fatih Municipality’s Directorate of
Parks and Recreation in September 2016 installed a three-meter-high
portable roof over a site where wedding events are held, called the
Topkapı Social Facility.