Yenikapı Mevlevîhanesi Restorasyonu (Restoration of Yenikapı Mevlevi Lodge) 2005-2010
A modest zawiyah was established in İstanbul at the end of the 18th century. This lodge, which developed over time and was referred to as “Mevlevîhâne der Bâb-ı Cedîd” in certain Ottoman sources, ranked second following the Galata Mevlevi Lodge by its establishment date. This lodge, which however could not resist the impacts of time and only foundations and dilapidated buildings were left behind from its brilliant structure by the time we reached the 21st century, was the very same Yenikapı Mevlevi Lodge.
With the repair and protection project conducted by Güryapı Restoration during 2005-2010, the Yenikapı Mevlevi Lodge did not only return to its past magisterial days, but also started to serve as an international education center within the organization of Fatih Sultan Mehmed Foundation University.
The book titled “Yenikapı Mevlevîhanesi Restorasyonu 2005-2010”, that has been published with over 250 photographs, archive documents and survey drawings and was prepared under the editorship of Prof. Dr. M. Baha Tanman, sheds light on the most comprehensive repair and protection process in the history of the Mevlevi Lodge and its history when it served as a science, wisdom and guidance center that has led the rearing of artists, composers and performers once upon a time.
Nakş-ı İstanbul Ortaköy Büyük Mecidiye Camii
He was only 17 when he ascended the throne. However, Sultan Abdülmecid I, who is recalled as the pioneer of modernization trends, father of education reforms, as a matter of fact one of the architects of the Imperial Edict of Reorganization, by his education and rearing, has gone down in history as the individual who has taken the first step to abolish slavery.
İstanbul had acquired its most beautiful silhouette by the palaces, manors and mosques that were built during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid. And among these building, there is one mosque that is the pearl of the Bosphorus, which is ascribed as Nakş-ı İstanbul (Imprint of İstanbul). The Ortaköy Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, built on an embankment towards the sea, is a waterfront mosque that is as beautiful as a princess, and poses as the most favorite Ottoman heritage of the past and the present.
The “Nakş-ı İstanbul Ortaköy Büyük Mecidiye Camii”, where the comprehensive repair and restoration works conducted by Gürsoy Restoration during 2011-2014 are told, has been published by Gürsoy Group Publications under the editorship of Dr. Ahmet Uçar. This work, where the detailed information is provided also on the life, personality and reign of Sultan Abdülmecid I by names who are specialized in their fields, has assumed a very important place in literature.
Mühr-i İstanbul Süleymaniye Camii
In the book, where the lives of Suleiman the Magnificent, who was the most powerful sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Sinan the Architect are handled in detail, the construction of the Süleymaniye Mosque is also relayed as based on original documents.
The study, which has rich contents by numerous documents that are published for the first time, led by the Müneccimbaşı Epistle; was prepared under the editorship of Prof. Zekeriya Kurşun, by Ambassador Prof. Ahmet Kavas and Researcher Muhammed Tandoğan.
İstanbul'un Nesilleri (Generations of İstanbul)
İstanbul is calling out, do you hear it? İstanbul is saying “I am present by my streets you walk on, my domes rising up to the sky, but most important of all my past and my future.” She knows that she will continue to be the pearl of the world, just as she is the ancient land that masters have imprinted in their manuscripts.
And she adds: “You know, I will look after your future generations as much as you look after me.”
Gürsoy Group, which continues its works that are of significance with respect to the history and culture of İstanbul since its foundation, also continues to serve İstanbul by cultural publications.