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Turkey’s top administrative court confirms demolition of Istanbul skyscrapers
Three apartment towers in Zeytinburnu on the Sea of Marmara mar views of the skyline of the historic peninsula when viewed across the Bosphorus.

Will Istanbul's historic skyline be protected from further high rise?

Panorama of Istanbul, including the historic peninsula and modern skyline
Panorama of Istanbul, including the historic peninsula and modern skyline
The Turkish Council of State have confirmed the 4th Administrative Court's ruling that three skyscrapers ( 37, 32 and 27 storeys high) in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul should be demolished. The case had begun in 2011. Attorney Cihat Gökdemir, initiated the case against the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Zeytinburnu Municipalityin 2011 and demanded the demolition of the towers for spoiling the silhouette of the city, including views of Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque. The Council of State have now rejected the appeal by Zeytenburnu Council and the Metropolitan Municipality against the ruling that the skyscapers be demolished. The builders were ASTAY GAYRIMENKUL INŞAAT (Astay Real Estate), whether the Council of State's order will actually lead to demolition remains to be seen.

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21. Aug 2014
Reported by Robert Holden, London



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