Islamic Tradition in Turkish Architecture: Lecture [Archives:2000/45/Culture]

November 6 2000

The Islamic tradition in Turkish architecture was the theme of a lecture by Professor Zeynep Ahunbay in which she brought into light similarities in Islamic traditional architecture in Arab and Islamic countries, especially Turkey, Syria and Yemen. The lecture was given at the National Museum Wednesday.
Professor Ahunbay visited Yemen within the framework of Turkish participation in the renovation project of the old Ottoman Military Hospital. This was the initial step of a broader cooperation between the two countries. Turkey will as well contribute financially to the Museum project.
During the visit, she also visited the Military barracks Complex and met with PM. Dr. Al-Iryani to discuss the details of the renovation projects. Apart from the National Museum project Professor Ahunbay toured other Turkish buildings and houses in Sanaa.
I came to look at the work of the restoration in the national museum and other Turkish building, she told the Yemen Times.
I am an expert in conservation and in Ottoman architecture and here they are restoring some Ottoman buildings so they wanted me to comment on what is going to be done and how I can help with my knowledge. You are restoring a monument you have to have all the expertise and knowledge in order not to make mistakes. To collaborate in conservation is internationally common, she added.