Ozlem Bilgic-the Cistern and Kadir Has University Cibali Campus

Ozlem Bilgic- the Cistern and Kadir Has University Cibali Campus
The first stop of our second field trip was the cistern underneath to Kadir Has University. This university is constructed above three historical places. One is the Byzantine cistern and the other is a 19th century Ottoman tobacco factory. The cistern is waiting to be excavated because even if it is under the protection of the Kadir Has University there a lot of historical evidence to be proven. For example, it is known that after the cistern was no longer in usage, the inhabitants of the neighborhood were using the places as a garbage area. This remains of garbage can be good evidences of the daily life and archaeologist should profit on this site. On the other hand,even the cistern is dating back to the 11th century, it is debatable subject among archaeologists. In additionto this the cistern has 48 columns adn 24 domes and it was discovered during the excavations in 1944.When you enter to the cistern the humidity of the air and the wet ground make easier to imagine the place as it was centuries ago. On top of this area there are ruins of a 17th century Ottoman hammam. And then, during the 19th century, this building became a tobacco factory which was proving a job opportunity to the neighborhood but particularly to the women because the women worker population was more then men worker population. And this job opportunity helped to change the socioeconomic condition to this district. Finally in 1997 with the opening of the Kadir Has University, the building came to its fourth and final stage. I think that this university is fairly respectful to the historical heritage of this Istanbul and helping to us to observe a brief summary of the history of the city. Özlem Bilgiç Bibliography;
Kadir Has Muzesi, Istanbul, Conference Site, 8 January 2010. http://www.istr.org/conferences/istanbul/conf_site.htm Rezan Has Muzesi, Tutun Fabrikası, http://www.rhm.org.tr/tr/tutun.php
Cyril Mango “Constantinople” The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Ed. Alexander P. Kazhdan. © 1991, 2005 by Oxford University Press, Inc.. The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium: (e-reference edition). Oxford University Press. Koc University. 8 January 2010 http://0-www.oxford-byzantium.com.libunix.ku.edu.tr:80/entry?entry=t174.e1226

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