In Istanbul, luxury hotel amid Byzantine ruins stirs debate over Turkey's
These days, the area is host to a modern-day battle over the expansion of a five-star hotel amid the ruins of an ancient palace.
The dispute pits government-backed developers of a site housing the luxury Four Seasons Hotel, occupying a converted, Ottoman-era prison, against critics who say work on a 60-room annex desecrate the remnants of a palace built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century.
"It is right on top of the most important remains in the ancient city of Constantinople," said Gunhan Danisman, a member of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey. He drew a comparison to show how"unthinkable" it is to embark on such a project:
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