Built during the 17th century in the heart of Istanbul with 210 rooms and three courtyards, Buyuk Valide Han has been a home for long distance merchants, artisans, journeyman, and local traders since its founding. The monument has embodied the quintessential character of the Ottoman Empire and later the changing character of modern Turkey and has housed various cultures and people of different geographical origins. Buyuk Valide Han has had significant alterations to its physical form and space-use in adaptation to the social and economic demands of changing times. Now slowly dilapidating, it awaits the outcome of urban policies that approach the Historical District of Istanbul with new functions and form.




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