The introductory meeting of ‘Aleppo in Ottoman Archives’ published by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and the exhibition opening were conducted in Gaziantep with the hosting of Şahinbey Municipality on 12 October 2018.

The introductory meeting and the opening of the exhibition which were held in Şahinbey National Struggle for Independence Museum were attended by Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, member of parliaments of Gaziantep Derya Bakbak, Müslüm Yüksel and Mehmet Sait Kirazoğlu, creator of the Exhibition Süreyya Atilla Sağlamçubukçu and many guests.

In the opening speeches, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak firstly informed about TDBB activities and he stated that “In addition to the number of projects that we are carrying out, we publish prestigious books related to the member countries since our establishment which is now for 15 years. Moreover, it has been a demanding working process more than a year for the book “Aleppo in Ottoman Archives”. Many academicians, several experts from the region and archivists contributed to the writing process of this book. The book of ‘Aleppo in Ottoman Achieves’ is telling about many things such as social activities, administrative and management issues in Ottoman government structure and also in this book, it has been showed many important documents from the Ottoman archives. All these sources can also be contributed to the renewing and reconstructing from architectural and cultural aspects of the city of Aleppo. Furthermore, population statistics, place names on the maps and the city plan of Aleppo which were published in the book and many significant documents about the city are included in this book. We would like to thank Şahinbey Municipality for hosting this important meeting and exhibition.”

Member of TDBB Executive Board, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet Tahmazoğlu in his speech stated that Gaziantep and Halep were integral parts of a whole and he added that “I am very glad to host the introductory meeting of such an important book and the opening of the exhibition. Gaziantep and Aleppo are inseparable. From a historical point of view, Gaziantep was the district of Aleppo province in the past. Hence, we have almost same food culture. Nowadays, we have a sister city relationship with Şahinbey Municipality and Münbiç which is a district of Aleppo. Thus, we went to Aleppo many times before the war in Syria. We’ve never been strangers there like we are on our own streets. Furthermore the castle in Aleppo is like a larger replica of Gaziantep Castle. We are grateful for the participation of all the guests.

After the opening speeches, participants visited the exhibition with the guidance of Süreyya A. sağlamçubukçu. The exhibition will be open in the dates of 12-19 October 2018.