Istanbul’s former seat for Ottoman sultans Topkapı Palace has been saved from getting zoned for construction. The decision, made by the Cultural Heritage Conservation High Council, allows the palace to keep its “first-degree” archeological site status following an ongoing debate.
The council, which met in Ankara on March 7, ruled that the outcome of the Sept. 15 debate was “inappropriate,” overturning a decision to downgrade the conservation status of “Hasbahçe,” the palace’s garden, which has been listed as a “first-degree” conservation area for the past 22 years.
On Aug. 12, 2017, the Fatih Municipality applied to the Istanbul’s Fourth Cultural Heritage Conservation District Board in order to downgrade the protection status of the “Hasbahçe.”
The reasoning was that the garden area needed to be downgraded in status so that a wrecked mansion and palaces in the area could be restored or rebuilt depending on their conditions.