Yenikapı Mevlevîhanesi Restorasyonu (Restoration of Yenikapı Mevlevi Lodge) 2005-2010
A modest zawiyah was established in İstanbul at the end of the 18th century. This lodge, which developed over time and was referred to as “Mevlevîhâne der Bâb-ı Cedîd” in certain Ottoman sources, ranked second following the Galata Mevlevi Lodge by its establishment date. This lodge, which however could not resist the impacts of time and only foundations and dilapidated buildings were left behind from its brilliant structure by the time we reached the 21st century, was the very same Yenikapı Mevlevi Lodge.
With the repair and protection project conducted by Güryapı Restoration during 2005-2010, the Yenikapı Mevlevi Lodge did not only return to its past magisterial days, but also started to serve as an international education center within the organization of Fatih Sultan Mehmed Foundation University.
The book titled “Yenikapı Mevlevîhanesi Restorasyonu 2005-2010”, that has been published with over 250 photographs, archive documents and survey drawings and was prepared under the editorship of Prof. Dr. M. Baha Tanman, sheds light on the most comprehensive repair and protection process in the history of the Mevlevi Lodge and its history when it served as a science, wisdom and guidance center that has led the rearing of artists, composers and performers once upon a time.