Prayer room built in historic Rumeli Hisary amphitheater.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The construction of a prayer room, known as a masjid, was recently completed in the center of the amphitheater at the historic Rumeli Hisary fortress in ystanbul, thereby putting an end to the possibility of using the amphitheater for performances.
The amphitheater has been closed since 2009, which many believed was because it would be restored, until it became evident about a year-and-a-half ago that a masjid was being built. The newly built prayer room replaces the masjid that once existed in the mid-16th century, but was then demolished. Only its minaret remained.
In 2009, the Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation District Board decided to restore the remaining structure of the former masjid, but it was only later revealed that plans were to rebuild the structure altogether.
According to media reports, nearly TL 1.5 million was spent constructing the new masjid, and it is expected to open in August.
Because the masjid takes up the entirety of the stage, concerts and theatrical productions are no longer likely to be possible. Rumeli Hisary has been operating as both a museum and an open-air theater since 1960.
(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN
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