Marble urinals installed in the 505-year-old Coban Mustafa Pasa Mosque in the north-western province of Kocaeli’s Gebze district, which had caused a furore as they did not fit the “historical tissue” of the mosque complex, have subsequently been removed.
In a written statement, the General Directorate of Foundations said news that the urinals and washbasins had been installed by the directorate was not true.
The statement said the General Directorate of Foundations had carried out the restoration of more than 4,000 structures over the last 10 years and the restorations were realized in accordance with the projects approved by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation Board.
“The restoration of the historical Coban Mustafa Pasa Mosque complex was made between 2011 and 2014 and the mosque opened to service on Jan. 2, 2015. The urinals, which were installed in the mosque later, were not an application of the directorate,” said the statement.
“The urinals, which do not match the historical tissue [of the mosque complex] and are not included in the project, were installed without the knowledge of our directorate. They were removed on Jan. 4. Possible corrosion on the wall caused by the marble urinals was also addressed and work was begun to restore it,” added the statement.