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Galataport to Become the Gate to Istanbul

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Galataport to Become the Gate to Istanbul
Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of the Municipality of Beyoğlu
Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of the Municipality of Beyoğlu

Ahmet Misbah Demircan, the Mayor of the Municipality of Beyoğlu, performed inspections in the Salıpazarı Cruiser port area, which is also known as the Galataport project among the public. Demircan, who had his photograph taken in front of the Clock of Tophane, which has been uncovered once again, emphasized that a lot had been said and debated on the project, but that it had been described incorrectly. Demircan said, “Despite all of the misunderstandings and hurdles, this project also began with the insistence and determination of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Galataport is not just the project of Tophane, Karaköy and Beyoğlu, but a project to bring together the whole historic peninsula and the Bosphorus with world tourism, as well as being the entrance gate to Istanbul for the tourists who come via the sea.”

The historic locations of Istanbul to be revived

Mayor Demircan pointed out that Galataport is very important for the promotion of Istanbul and our country, and said, “Its location, silhouette and its image all have a very big meaning for us. The Clock of Tophane had been lost here, together with Nusretiye Mosque. The fact that the surroundings of these works have been cleared will increase the value of the area immensely. On the other hand, we know from Ottoman history that the large square where this clock is was a venue where ceremonies were held. The historic locations of Istanbul will be revived together with this project, and the city will have acquired a large area for meetings and ceremonies.”

Galataport
Galataport

Our extinct history and the sea will stand right before us

Mayor Demircan, who drew attention to the fact that the long Karaköy coastline in Tophane had prevented people coming and going for many years, said, “The Karaköy coast prevented people looking at the sea and viewing Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sofia from there. The streets will be opened to the use of the people there now. The extinct history, the vanished image and sea we cannot reach will suddenly be standing right before us. When we look at it from the perspective of the people living in Beyoğlu, we can say that history will repeat itself. These are very special things.”

Galataport will be the entrance gate to Istanbul

Mayor Demircan stated that the tourists who come here would contribute gains to Turkey, and said, “Of course they will contribute gains to us, but they will also carry the culture here abroad. This will become known as a place which is worth visiting and seeing. This will become an entrance gate to Istanbul for those who come via the sea. I am very happy to be having my photograph taken in front of this historic clock today.”

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