Istanbul’s Council of State recently rejected a pair of appeals and approved the cancellation of permits and the demolition of new skyscrapers in the Zeytinburnu neighbourhood in order to protect views of historic buildings like the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, and Blue Mosque.
The new residential towers, designed by Alpar Architecture, were part of a larger development to the west of the city. Their heights varied from 27 to 36 stories tall.
The drastic decision this wasn’t completely out of the blue. Campaigners had criticised buildings even even during their construction.
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