Malatya's 150-year-old public bath under restoration post-earthquake

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Historic Turkish city Malatya launches restoration of Carsi Hamam, a historic cultural site damaged in the 2023 earthquakes

Malatya's 150-year-old public bath under restoration post-earthquake

Eastern Anatolian city Malatya is taking a significant step toward preserving its rich history and culture.

This historic public bath, which was affected by last year's devastating earthquakes, has now become a symbol of the community's resilience and dedication to preserving its architectural heritage.

Constructed in 1873, the Carsi Hammam has been a significant cultural landmark in Malatya. It stands as an emblem of the city's rich history, having served as a traditional public bath and a social hub for generations.

On Feb. 6, 2023, Malatya faced the wrath of nature as earthquakes of 7.7 and 7.6 magnitudes wreaked havoc. These tremors left a trail of destruction, claiming thousands of lives and damaging numerous cultural heritages, including the Carsi Hammam and the Teze (Yeni) Cami.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has initiated restoration efforts for the city's damaged cultural assets. Professor Dr. Ismail Aytac, appointed by the ministry and leading the Harput Inner Castle Excavation, underlined the urgency of this task.

"The Carsi Hammam is fundamentally sound, enduring just a few cracks. However, given its historical importance, restoring it should be a priority," he stated. These efforts coincide with the ongoing restoration of Teze Cami, as both structures form an integral part of Malatya's historical texture.

Aytac, further highlighting the cultural significance of these restorations, said: "In a city rebuilding post-earthquake, preserving historical memory is crucial. If we lose these cultural assets, we risk severing ties with our past. The restoration of both the Carsi Hammam and Teze Cami is vital in maintaining Malatya's historical narrative for future generations."

Source: Newsroom


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