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Currently, there is excitement on Istiklal Street, where the heart of Istanbul beats, the face of the street is being renewed with the “independence” project initiated by IBB.

Beyoğlu Istiklal Caddesi, the center of entertainment, culture, art, actions, tourism and trade, which witnessed the history of Istanbul, has lost its old charm in recent years. Famous cinemas, theatres, bookstores, concert venues, restaurants, taverns and art galleries were forced to leave Istiklal Caddesi and the spirit of the street changed. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), the lifeblood of the city of Istiklal Street to return to the good old days took action.

IBB, which implemented the ”independence” project, will create an integrated space that will serve culture, art and everyday life, starting from Galata Tower, along with tunnel Square, Galatasaray Square, Taksim Square and Gezi Park. One of the important pillars of the project is the transformation of the historic Metrohan building, where the IETT General Directorate is located, into the Istanbul Memory Museum.

The project, in which IETT’s own historical identity will be preserved, will include a library, exhibition hall and restaurants. Built in 1886, the historic building takes its name from the tunnel, the second oldest subway in the world. During a trip to Istanbul in 1867, project and construction engineer Henri Gavand observes that there is heavy human traffic between Galata and Beyoğlu and begins work to connect this sloping road underground. The structure that gavand designed in his project, thinking of the upper floors as a hotel, is today called Metrohan (tunnel Khan).

A historical area management and routing system was developed to better promote Istiklal Street.

Close to 400 routing signs have been placed so that those entering the street can notice the historic textures. Within the scope of the project, Taksim Cumhuriyet Art Gallery and Taksim Art Gallery will be more active. For Istanbul’s civic cultural art, there will be continuous cultural art exhibitions and events in open spaces. Street musicians will also be supported so that they can perform their art more comfortably.

At the same time as the project, information about the colorful history and rich cultural heritage of Istiklal “istiklal .istanbul” website also stepped in. On the site dining and entertainment venues, bookstores, publishing houses, arcades, inns, gateways, embassy buildings, religious buildings, schools, cinemas, theatres, historic able to get information about the history of the shops.

Deputy secretary general of the IBB Istanbul city municipality, noted that the street has collapsed since the 2000s, saying: “Istiklal Street has lost its old soul; but Istiklal is a Phoenix; it will reborn itself from its ashes.”

The metrohan building in Tünel is one of the most prominent of the project. Restoration of the facade was carried out to the Marquise’s Bakery, Botter Inn and Hazzopulo Passage, which had been neglected for many years. Tree units, seating bands were placed along the street, which contained both greenery and could be seated in its shade. The tree was added with new equipment, as the bottom of the street was a concrete floor. Continue the work at full speed.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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