Video Reveals At-Risk State of Istanbul’s Former Greek Orphanage

The Prinkipo Greek Orphanage, built in 1899, and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, closed in 1964.

A new video is showing a behind-the-scenes look at the largest wooden building in Europe — a former Greek orphanage in Istanbul — which is in danger of collapse.

The footage from the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet takes views inside the huge structure which was listed by Europa Nostra — as a heritage foundation — Europa Nostra warns that parts of it are at risk of immediate collapse.

The Greek orphanage on the Princes’ Islands of Istanbul was on a shortlist of seven of Europe’s most endangered heritage sites.

The Prinkipo Greek Orphanage, built in 1899, and one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, closed in 1964.

Since its closure, its condition has deteriorated, particularly after a fire in 1980.

Europa Nostra says recommendations by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to restore the building as an environmental and ecumenical center could be the best future for the endangered building.

Büyükada Rum Yetimhanesi bir kışı daha atlatır mı?

Avrupa’nın en büyük, dünyanın ikinci en büyük ahşap yapısı… Yapımında kullanılan keresteler Romanya’dan, kiremitler Marsilya’dan, kuzineleri Paris’ten getirildi. 1898’de, Orient Ekspres’le İstanbul’a gelen yabancı seyyahlara, ihtişamlı bir yazlık otel olarak inşa edildi ama kapılarını müşterilerine hiç açamadı. 1964’te kilit vurulana kadar yaklaşık 5 bin 750 Rum yetime yuva oldu. 54 yıldır tek bir çivi bile çakılmadı ve bugün artık yok olmanın eşiğine geldi. http://hry.yt/7lxTO

Posted by Hurriyet.com.tr on Sunday, March 25, 2018