August 12, 2020

Istanbul in uproar over restoration damage to iconic tower

Istanbul (AFP) – Cell phone footage of restoration workers drilling down the stone wall of Istanbul’s 14th-century Galata Tower created a political firestorm Wednesday and forced the culture ministry into a hasty retreat.The iconic 67-metre (220-foot) structure overlooking the Golden Horn is a massive draw for tourists and an enduring symbol of Istanbul.It was the ancient city’s tallest structure when completed by the Genoese in 1348.But its future looked in sudden doubt when a press officer of the Istanbul city government tweeted a clip of two restoration workers taking apart a corner section…


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