Cultural Sustainability and Archıtectural Heritage: The Case of Zincirli Bedesten, Gaziantep, TURKIYE

By Tülay Karadayı Yenice and O. Nuri Dulgerler.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In this study, it is aimed to define the functional differences which Zincirli Bedesten – built in 1717 with an important role in architectural heritage of the city of Gaziantep (Turkey)- passed through in the historical process and the cultural change depending on these differences.
The building when newly built had the character of a bedesten, a centre for the leading weaving trades; then it was used as vegetable market in the first period of the Republic; lastly it was transformed into a meat bazaar. In 1938, a floor was added to the building and this floor was used as courthouse. The fire in 1950s destroyed the upper floor and caused its collapse. The building underwent restoration, and it is now envisioned that it will become a tourist bazaar – close to its original function – with a new restoration proposal.
It can be seen that this cultural heritage site, with a history of 300 years, has gone through stages of various repairs, additions and functions, demonstrating a sustainable approach. The study will examine the identity of the building, the repairs and additions; uncover the effects of functional differences on the building and citizen behaviors; and discuss the development of the conservation – usage strategies intended to transfer the building to the next generations.

Keywords: Cultural Sustainability, Zincirli Bedesten, Cultural Heritage

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.167-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.556MB).

Tülay Karadayı Yenice

Research Assitant, Department of Architecture, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

Dr. O. Nuri Dulgerler

Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey


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