İBB is organizing a competition for Theodosius Port in Yenikapı

ibb organizes competition for the port of theodosius at yenikapi
ibb organizes competition for the port of theodosius at yenikapi

IMM will make the historical Theodosius Port, which appeared during the Yenikapı excavations, and a center where its ruins will be displayed. A project competition is organized for the architectural design of the center. Project delivery date has been determined as 26 October 2020.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will make a visit center where the archaeological remains will be exhibited with the Port of Theodosius, which appeared during the metro excavations in Yenikapi. IMM is organizing a national competition for the architectural design of the center. The announcement of 'Theodosius Port Archaeological Site Project Competition' was published in the Official Gazette today. According to the announcement, the subject of the contest was determined as "Designing the visitor center in the context of the Theodosius Port Archeological Site".


In the freelance, national, architectural competition, the first prize will be 80 thousand TL, the second prize will be 60 thousand TL, and the third prize will be 40 thousand TL. In addition, 5 projects will be awarded with a prize of 30 thousand TL.


According to the announcement of the competition published in the Official Gazette on July 20, 2020, the deadline for asking questions was determined as August 13, 2020. The projects can be delivered until October 26, 2020. The delivery date by mail can be made until 30 October 2020. The jury will begin evaluating the projects on November 7, 2020. The colloquium and award ceremony is planned to be held on November 21, 2020.


Consultant jury members of the competition; IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, İBB Deputy Secretary General Mehmet Çakılcıoğlu, İBB Cultural Heritage Department Head Mahir Polat, Istanbul University Yenikapı Shipwrecks President Prof. Dr. Ufuk Kocabaş was determined as IPA (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance) Contests Coordinator Ömer Yılmaz.

The principal jury members to be chaired by architect Nevzat Oğuz Özer are architect Zeynep Eres Özdoğan, architect Cem Sorguç, landscape planner Ata Turak, and civil engineer Tunç Tibet Akbaş.


In the archaeological excavations that started in 2004 in Istanbul Yenikapı, a culture fill of approximately 13 meters was detected. Unique information about the history of Istanbul unknown until that day was reached. A church structure dating to the 12th or 13th century was found under the Ottoman layer in the region.

There are interesting examples among the findings. The dice made of 1500-year-old ivory, 8500-year-old wheat spike, the text under the wooden sandals from the Byzantine era are remarkable: “Use it in health lady, wear it in beauty and happiness”. 37 boats were found in the excavations.

MS in the kitchen section of a ship. Sour cherry seeds in a wicker basket of the 9th century, 5 Crimean type stacked amphoras dated to the 127th century on another ship. Finds include oil lamps, play stones, bowls, wooden anchors, iron anchors, pulleys, shipping items, sandals and combs made of wood and leather. A total of 3 ivory scallops and more than 3 coins were also found. It was determined that the footprints found in the excavations were the 8000 year old footprints of the first Istanbulites.

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