An İstanbul court has rejected an appeal by the Ministry of Culture of its ruling to put on hold a government project to build a replica of the Topçu Barracks as part of the Taksim rejuvenation project, which has led to violent clashes in the last month.
At the end of May, the İstanbul 6th Administrative Court issued an injunction on the government's decision to redevelop Taksim. The Ministry of Culture then appealed the court's decision. However, the court on Tuesday announced that it has rejected the appeal.
The Taksim pedestrianization project was approved by the government in February of 2012 and includes the construction of replicas of previously demolished buildings in the famous square. The historic Topçu Barracks was a 35,000-square-meter building that was demolished by İstanbul authorities in 1940. It is to be constructed in what is now Gezi Park, the site of the original Ottoman barracks.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2013, 17:57