Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos
The Turkish government is going to rebuild some of the 150 mosques, which exist all over the country, as the head of the Foundations Directorate, Adnan Ertem, told newspaper Hürriyet.
According to Ertem, approximately 130 of these “lost mosques” are situated in Istanbul, but there are many more, which have been replaced by buildings and apartments. “About those we cannot do much”, he said.
One of the lost mosques, the Fetih Mosque, is now only a single minaret next to Rumeli Hisarı; another is the Fazıl Efendi Mosque in Yeniköy Park, which was completely demolished over time.
“We will rebuild them to their former [glory]. Similar to those, the Karaköy Mosque, designed by Italian architect Raimondo D’Aronco, will also be rebuilt,” Ertem said.
The finalized projects so far include the Çakır Ağa Mosque near Yenikapı, which was taken down in 1958 for road construction and Aksaray’s Camcılar and Kazasker Abdurrahman Mosques, which suffered similar fates in 1957.
The Salıpazarı Süheyl Bey Mosque, which was also demolished to make way for road construction, is also among the finalized projects, according to Hürriyet.