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Some 20 non-governmental organizations from Istanbul came out in protest of the municipality’s rearrangement of Taksim Square on the grounds that the search for a new landscape had been rushed, and that the public had been excluded from the process as a result.
Istanbul Municipality held a design contest for potential landscapes for Taksim Square that yielded three final projects on Sept. 20, which were offered up to the public for voting.
Amid a heated row between France and Turkey, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Vahit Kiler said he will apply to change the name of Istanbul’s iconic Pierre Loti Hill, named for the late French writer who spent a great deal of time in the city.
Overlooking the Golden Horn with a cable car that brings visitors up to the hill that is famed for its majestic view, the Pierre Loti Hill is a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike in Istanbul.