27/03/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has urgently decided to fortify the retaining walls of Topkapı Palace due to an imminent risk of collapse. Facing the Seraglio Point, or “Sarayburnu,” at the mouth of the Bosporus, the neglected walls have suffered greatly from earthquakes and wars. Dating back to the Byzantine period, the retaining walls have been used to protect the imperial palace from natural disasters, notably earthquakes. Following comprehensive architectural and static analyses, the ministry will immediately begin the fortification process. The decision was approved on March 25 and the project has been put out to tender. A number of durability tests will be carried out to check the structure of the stones, mortar and the carrier system before the project starts. Special attention will be paid to protecting the walls’ historical integrity. In 330, the Byzantine..