The tombs, known as the “Muradiye Tombs,” will be both restored and fortified to resist possible earthquakes. The surrounding area will also be landscaped. The tombs, which have previously undergone restoration and renovation to repair damage sustained in an earthquake in 1855, will remain closed for the duration of the project.
Among the tombs to be restored are that of Sultan Murat II; the tomb of Cem Sultan (the son of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror); the tomb of Hüma Hatun (the wife of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror); the Şehzade Ahmet tomb; the Şehzade Mahmut tomb and the Şehzade Mustafa tomb.
Tenders for the renovation project will be considered and decided by July 11. The winning applicant will begin the restoration and landscaping as soon as possible in order to complete them in the shortest time feasible.