May 10, 2011

UNESCO Science Committee Approves Construction of Haliç Metro Bridge

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently approved the construction of a metro bridge over Istanbul's Haliç (Golden Horn), which had led to concerns over the city's possible move from the organization's World Heritage List to the “in danger” list.


The question of Istanbul's removal from the list was brought to the agenda on claims that the city has failed to fulfill commitments to the protection of its historic sites. In debates that took place at the international level it was argued that the metro bridge project over the Golden Horn could damage İstanbul's historical silhouette, which is composed of Süleymaniye Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque).

A group of experts from UNESCO earlier submitted a report on the ongoing metro bridge being constructed over the Haliç to the international body's headquarters in Paris. The report on the metro bridge over the Haliç is one of the most important topics in determining whether the city can remain on the World Heritage List.

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