An aerial view of a dome of 25 year old Ali Ozturk Mosque collapsed on itself after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes in Islahiye district of Gaziantep, Turkiye on February 21, 2023. Photo by Anadolu Images.

Turkey’s Earthquake Devastated Cultural Heritage Sites

Turkish authorities have pledged to provide support and resources to ensure that the damaged cultural sites are fully restored and preserved for future generations.

The two earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.7 and 7.6  that struck eleven provinces in Turkey (Adana, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye ve Şanlıurfa) on February 6 caused major devastation to local cultural heritage sites as many historical monuments were either severely damaged or completely destroyed.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has promptly taken action to assess the damage to the cultural treasures in the eleven provinces affected by the earthquake. Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy stated that teams continue to work to assess the damage to all cultural properties and ensure their safety in the regions where the “disaster of the century” was experienced.

Ersoy also emphasized that in addition to the teams formed by engineers, architects, and lecturers from universities who are experts in antiquities, academic support will be provided by universities for damage…


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[Politics Today, February 23, 2023]

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