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“The Province of Beirut in the Ottoman Period” Photograph Exhibition Beirut, Lebanon, 6-13 October 2017

An exhibition of photographs from IRCICA’s archives relating to “The Province of Beirut in the Ottoman Period” was organized by IRCICA and Yunus Emre Institute of Beirut at the historical Maqasid Institute building. The exhibition was opened on 6 October 2017 in presence of IRCICA Director General Dr. Halit Eren, the Ambassador of Turkey in Lebanon Mr. Çağatay Erciyes, and the Director of Yunus Emre Institute Mr. Reha Ermumcu. A large number of visitors attended the opening. The exhibition continued for one week.
Fourty photographs selected from the albums of Sultan Abdulhamid II (end of the 19th- early 20th century) were exhibited. Views of quarters, architectural structures, schools, hospitals, social life and personalities from Beirut, Tripoli, Saida and Tyre drew the interest of the visitors.
The Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Çağatay Erciyes pointed to the high documentary value of historical photographs. He said that Sultan Abdulhamid II gave importance to photography and a collection of more than 35000 photographs from all corners of the Empire and around the world was assembled during his reign.
Director General of IRCICA Dr. Halit Eren briefed the audience on IRCICA’s activities in the fields of history and culture. He spoke in particular of the Centre’s studies on archival documents and among them its collections of more than 70000 historical photographs. He cited examples of publications issued and exhibitions organized by IRCICA with selections from those collections highlighting regional and historical themes. Dr. Eren expressed his pleasure that this exhibition reflecting the Ottoman times of Beirut was realized and his appreciation of the support and interest extended towards it. 

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