Turkey tells France, 'this means art theft'

Turkish Culture Ministry hang out an information sign in front of the Sepulcher of Selim II in Hagia Sophia that says "this means an art theft" in a message to France.

Turkey tells France, 'this means art theft'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Culture Ministry hang out an information sign in front of the Sepulcher of Selim II in Hagia Sophia that says "this means an art theft" in a message to France.

Turkish daily Radikal reported that the signboard said, the tiles had been stolen by France and France had not given back the tiles that belongs to the Sepulcher of 2. Selim in Istanbul and this means an art theft.

Sepulcher of Selim II was established by famous architect Mimar Sinan who was the chief Ottoman architect and civil engineer for sultans, Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III.

Archtiect Sinan have filled interior design with special tiles.

How were they stolen?

A French dentist Albert Sorlin Dorigny who worked between 1882-1896 in Istanbul smuggled the tiles and he put fake tiles there. After centuries, Turkish Ministery has realized that tiles was stolen and appealed to French ministry.

However, French Ministry argued that they bought the tiles and had a bill of these. The ministry rejected to give back them to Turkey.

In the information sign, the ministry said:

"...The tiles had been sent to Paris to restore but they had sent back fake tiles from Sevr. The tiles, now you are seeing, are only fake. This is an art theft. Orjinal tiles are in France-Paris Louvre Mouseum...."

Turkish Culture Ministry said, the same info signs will be put on the other stolen artworks.

Last Mod: 25 Aralık 2012, 16:06
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