Restoration of Historical Mimar Sinan Bridge and Short Bridge Completed

The restorations of the historical architect Sinan Bridge and the short bridge have been completed.
The restorations of the historical architect Sinan Bridge and the short bridge have been completed.

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that the restorations of Silivri Mimar Sinan Bridge and Short Bridge have been completed and said, “As the Ministry, historical bridges, which are of great importance in terms of both culture and technology history; We attach great importance to the restoration and preservation of the original in order to document, preserve and transfer it to future generations. To date, we have completed the restoration of 395 historical bridges and added them to our cultural heritage. We have also completed the restoration implementation projects of 861 historical bridges.”

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu spoke at the opening of Silivri Mimar Sinan Bridge and Short Bridge, whose restorations have been completed; “Istanbul is undoubtedly the most important, richest and unique city in the world with its historical assets and culture inherited from thousands of years of civilizations. For this reason, we were not surprised by the World Tourism Organization's announcement of Istanbul as one of the top 10 most visited cities in the world. In the face of this heavy heritage, our priority is to protect and promote these unique accumulations of Istanbul in the most accurate way.”

WE COMPLETED THE RESTORATION IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS OF THE HISTORICAL 861 BRIDGE

Karaismailoğlu stated that the restoration carried out with the cooperation of Istanbul Governorship and Silivri Municipality is a very good example that serves this purpose and continued his speech as follows:

“As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, historical bridges, which are of great importance in terms of both culture and technology history; We attach great importance to the restoration and preservation of the original in order to document, preserve and transfer it to future generations. Until today; We have completed the restoration of 395 historical bridges such as Malabadi Bridge, Kızılin Bridge, Taşköprü in Kastamonu, Büyükçekmece, also known as Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Bridge and Ani Bridge, and added them to our cultural heritage. We have completed the restoration projects of 861 historical bridges. We are continuing the restoration works of 2 historical bridges in Afyon, such as the Kırkgöz Bridge, the Sangarios (Justinianus) Bridge or the Develioğlu Bridge from the Seljuk Period, the Edirne Uzun Bridge, and the 31-year-old Pereira Bridge over the Batman stream with great care. As the Ministry, we aim to restore all our historical bridges, bring them together with our citizens and add them to our cultural heritage.”

BRIDGES RESISTANCE TO DISASTER INCREASED

Emphasizing that the Silivri Mimar Sinan Bridge and the Short Bridge over the Boğluca Stream have once again taken their unique place among the cultural treasures of Istanbul, Karaismailoğlu gave the following information about the historical bridges:

“The Mimar Sinan Bridge, located on Silivri Stream and a large flooded marsh land, was built in 333 with a length of 32 meters and 1568 bays. This 453-year-old work has an important place in our history, serving the passage of Ottoman armies from Silivri in the Balkan campaigns. The Short Bridge, known as Vakkas Bridge, with a length of 48,5 meters, is estimated to be 6 centuries old. Short Bridge, which remained idle, was revived with restoration, landscaping and lighting works. Much more extensive work was carried out on the Silivri Mimar Sinan Bridge. The non-original bridge paving stones, which were previously made under restoration work, were removed and the concrete layer was removed. Arches that became invisible with stream sands were unearthed. The entire front has been cleared. The bridge end entrances under the ground were exposed and a temporary roof was built for protection. Imitation cement was removed on the façade and legs. Non-original balustrade, flooring, facade stones were refuted and supplemented. In order to strengthen against earthquakes, the gaps between the stone mesh were filled with injection. Rainwater lines have been repaired. In order to provide pedestrian traffic to the bridge entrances, a ramp was built with a detachable staircase with an unbreakable glass landing, and lighting was provided on the facade and walkway. We both restored our bridge in accordance with its original form and increased its resilience against disasters such as earthquakes and floods.”

TOKAT HIDRILIK BRIDGE WILL BE OPENING TOMORROW

Noting that they will inaugurate the Historical Tokat Hıdırlık Bridge, which has been restored tomorrow, the Minister of Transport, Karaismailoğlu, said that as the Ministry, the relevant institutions in the province or municipality are with them until the end. Underlining that the administrators are responsible for preserving historical values ​​and transferring them to future generations, Karaismailoğlu also said that they have to determine the needs of today in the best way and respond to the needs of the age.

“Only in Istanbul; We cannot boast of the Topkapı Palace, the Sultan Ahmet and Süleymaniye mosques, or the Mimar Sinan Bridge, which we inherited from our ancestors,” said Karaismailoğlu, adding that in the last 19 years, under the leadership of President Erdoğan, they have added many giant works to these works and they continue to work for new ones.

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