The Last Spring of Taksim (Gezi) Park

If you have traveled at least once to Istanbul, it is likely you know that there is a lovely green area in the center of Taksim (thereby in the center of Istanbul).

Now open your ear, coming the bomb…!

That green are will be killed soon….



gezi5Maybe a few months later, there will be no such a green… And time passing very quickly…gezi4Taksim Military Barracks or Halil Pasha Artillery Barracks (Turkish: Taksim Kışlası or Halil Paşa Topçu Kışlası) were located at the site of the present-day Taksim Park (Taksim Gezi Parkı) next to Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.[1] It was built in 1806, during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III. Its interior ground was later transformed into the Taksim Stadium in 1921 and became the first football stadium in Turkey, used by all major football clubs in the city, including Beşiktaş,Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. The stadium was closed in 1939 and demolished in 1940, during the renovation works of Taksim Square.gezi2

Here you can see old picture of Military Barrack.

In 16 September 2011, the assembly of the Beyoğlu Municipality elected to rebuild the structure; although the area falls within the purview of green space protection ordinances, development interests are exploiting statutes protecting historic structures in order to subjugate those protections; the rebuilt barracks is intended to be a shopping center. As of the time of the decision, no surviving portion of the barracks exist on site



5 Responses to The Last Spring of Taksim (Gezi) Park

  1. globetrottermama says:

    This is awful. I am so terribly saddened by this.


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