finding out why constantinople got the works

fun fact!

Posted in istanbul??? by jlm2dy on April 26, 2011

one of my favorite facts about divanyolu caddesi in istanbul is about the effects of westernization in the 19th century: to widen the historic street and bring in modern amenities (cars, trams, services…) leaders decided to remove most buildings and houses in the way, or move them back a few meters.
[çemberlitaş hamamı] 

HOWEVER – some buildings were too significant to move, so instead, domed buildings were sliced in half like a loaf of bread to accomodate the new ‘western boulevard’. cool, huh?

[köprülü mehmet paşa medrese]


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