01 May Saturday

The Seventh Hill Now Belongs to Istanbulites

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has acquired the Bolulu Habip Bey Mansion, known as Bulgur Palace. The building, which is located on the seventh hill of the historic peninsula, now belongs to the city of Istanbul. Explaining the development on his social media account, Istanbul mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said, “As IMM, we have purchased the Bulgur Palace, which is located on the seventh hill of the historical peninsula. Now, we are to transform this historical building into a cultural space that is to be used by all Istanbulites. May it be a blessing to our city.” Mr. Mahir Polat, secretary-general of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), stated that the acquisition of this important heritage of Istanbul was done for the public, and that the necessary preparations are to begin immediately for the Istanbulites to visit the building.

The IMM has acquired an important building of the historic heritage of the city, purchasing the Bolulu Habip Bey Mansion, also known as Bulgur Palace, which has been an archives storage since several decades ago. The wishes of the city residents has been answered, and the building has been saved for the future generations. Mayor İmamoğlu announced the development on his social media account. Stating "Istanbul's seventh hill now belongs to the Istanbulites", İmamoğlu shared: “As IMM, we have purchased the Bulgur Palace, located on the seventh hill of the historical peninsula. Now, we are to transform this historical building into a cultural space that can be used by all Istanbulites. May it be a blessing to our city. "

To Be Opened in Service of Istanbulites

Saying that they have acquired for the Istanbulites one of the most important historical buildings of the city, Mr. Mahir Polat, secretary-general of the (IMM), said, "The acquisition of the building by IMM for the Istanbulites was accomplished after extra special effort. It is a significant building of which construction started in 1912, and which saw the years of the 1st World War, the armistice, and the early republic period. It is highly valuable in terms of the historical heritage of Istanbul. As the IMM, we are to produce an information-document center, archive, library, exhibition hall, and cafe areas. Then, we are to open the building to visitation and serve the public.”

Seventh Hill of Istanbul

Mr. Polat stated that the work for the new installations are to start right away, and that the building has a unique viewing terrace. Noting that the building is a peak in the seventh hill of the city, Polat said, “The seventh hill of Istanbul with Seven Hills is now belongs to the city of Istanbul. From the seventh hill of the city, it is possible to view Sarayburnu (Topkapı), Çemberlitaş (Nuruosmaniye), Süleymaniye (Beyazıt), Fatih (Fatih Mosque), Yavuz Selim (Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque), and Edirnekapı (Mihrimah Sultan Mosque). We are to provide to Istanbulites that they can visit this place and observe the surroundings from it. This venue is to add life to the historical atmosphere of the district of Haseki.”

Bulgur Palace was built by Mehmet Habib Bey, a member of the Ottoman parliament for the province of Bolu, elected in 1908 from the Union and Progress Party. A grand mansion with a garden, the Bulgur Palace was designed by the Ottoman architect Giulio Mongeri, who is of Levantine background. Dating back to 1912, it is one of the first residential buildings to incorporate a detailed decorative scheme and a large scale associated with public buildings of Istanbul at that time.

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