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New perspectives to save cultural heritage
Altan, M. Orhan

CIP A 2003 XIX th International Symposium, 30 September - 04 October, 2003, Antalya, Turkey
the iron railings of the windows be replaced, and finally a
solution concerning the entrance and stairs be introduced.
Some other recommendations for the purpose of creating a
symbolic focus are; to position a marble table in order to reflect
the quality of a centre for positive participation, to install over
the table an arbor or “sukot” as in Jewish culture in the form of
a pergola, and to have on the surrounding walls an exhibit on
display expressing the Jewish identity, historical and cultural
inheritance by means of verbal and visual elements.
When the area is accessed from the îkiçeçmelik Street, one
recognizes the necessity to re-design the floor coverings of the
roads, as well as the greens and the water element. As for the
renovation of the building façades in the street, it is required
that the tile covered walls, etc. be picked out, and objects such
as signs and billboards be re-designed.
Following is the recommended route for daily excursions:
1. Bayrakli (Ancient Smyrna) - Tepekule
2. Kadifekale (Pagos) - A panoramic
perception of the city and a visit to the castle
3. Antique Theatre - Viewing the remains
4. Hatuniye Square - Sightseeing activities in
the historical structures and experiencing the
5. The Agora - Viewing the remains
6. Religious Focus - Visiting the synagogue
buildings and viewing the exhibitions, etc.
held in Kedo?e Synagogue and the Peace
7. Religious Focus - Visiting the selected
mosques (Kestanepazari Mosque, Ba?durak
Mosque and Kemeralti Mosque in
Anafartalar Street, and Yah Mosque in the
Konak Square)
In terms of presenting and emphasizing the historical
inheritance of the city by means of daily excursions, after seeing
the Bayrakli Settlement (Ancient Smyrna), a witness to the
foundation of the city and the Prehistoric, Aeolic and Ionic
periods as we know it; Kadifekale crowning the city of Izmir,
the Antique Theatre and the Hatuniye Square will be visited.
The next part of the tour will be on foot. Following a stroll in
the square and in the Agora, the archeological centre, the groups
will arrive via ikiqe^melik Street at the synagogues and
mosques, the religious attractions of the tour, which will be
finalized in the Konak Square.
Since the mosques included in this study still serve their
religious purpose and some of them have been restored only
recently, this paper does not offer any suggestions regarding
these buildings. Yet the roads that are part of the route need to
be considered in terms of their floor covering and landscaping
Aiming at the conservation of the historical riches of Izmir and
passing them on to the next generations, the collective
evaluation of historical assets selected will bridge the past and
the future, while enabling viewers to visit different periods in
time and to experience shortly the life back then. Kadifekale,
bearing the traces of several periods from the Hellenistic to the
Ottoman, the Agora and the Theatre from the Hellenistic-
Roman periods, monuments and fabric of houses descending
from the last centuries, and religious buildings dating back as
early as the 16 th century are bound to incorporate the past into
the future.
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I wish to express my sincere thanks to Nur Kocasoy, Aylin
Ertem, Bahar Sintaç and Ilkay Baldag for his contribution to the
architectural survey activities of the street façades surrounding
the Hatuniye Square, and to master’s degree students Gôkçe D.
$enol, Burcu Karaki? and Içil Pekmezci for their contribution
to those on the access route to the Agora.