Sultan Celebi Mehmet Mosque restoration approved after 5 years
The Central Archaeological Institute of Greece accepted the technical report prepared for the restoration of the historical Sultan Çelebi Mehmet Mosque in Dimetoka, which burned down in 2017. The project was approved five years after the fire.
It was stated that the Ministry of Culture and Sports will begin the repair and restoration of the historical mosque in a way that adheres to the characteristics of the 20th century and at the same time reflects its features in the past.
The restoration will be carried out as part of the project prepared by the National Metsovio Technical University of Athens within the framework of the research program carried out for the restoration of stone walls and reconstruction of the roof.
Culture and Sports Minister Lina Mendoni said in a statement on the subject, “The Beyazıt Mosque (Sultan Çelebi Mehmet Mosque), located in the center of the city of Dimetoka, is one of the most majestic monuments of the Ottoman Empire.
Its preservation and restoration has been the priority of the Ministry of Culture and Sports for many years. The restoration work of the mosque was included in the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace 2007 – 2 013 project. However, the entire design was turned upside down due to a fire that broke out in 2017, which caused the wooden roof to collapse and damage the interior. In 2020, the ministry hand over this task to Metsovio University. As I have stated many times, the Ministry of Culture protects all monuments from all periods on the territory of Greece.
Our priority is the restoration of the monument and its return to the local people as a cultural venue as soon as possible.” said in her statement.