Author(s): Z. Akdemir & G. Sener
This study includes the examination of Kırkg÷z Bridge, a public structure that is
an important part of cultural and architectural heritage and that lost its function
as it is out of the transportation networks.
The issue that requires this observation is the alteration of the watercourse of
the bridge, which is located on Akaršay Stream adjacent to the city of Bolvadin
(Polybotum) on the western part of Anatolia and on the historical King Road.
Since it was removed from the transportation networks about a century ago, the
bridge has been in danger of being destroyed.
In addition to that, the bridge may
lose its identity because of the inappropriate interventions of the institution
(Head Office of Highways) that undertakes its protection, maintenance and
The purpose of this examination is to determine the properties of Kırkg÷z
Bridge, which includes highly important information about history.
purpose, documentary information, which includes historical events that have
happened near and over the bridge, many interventions that the bridge went
through and all other factors that shaped its form and structure will be presented
to the architectural environment in a chronological way, and suggestions for its
reevaluation in the context of sustainable architectural heritage will be offered.
As a cultural property that should be protected, the concept of Ĺarchitectural
heritageĺ is often used instead of immobile cultural entity.
is regarded as an economical asset for the utilization of the resources by the
They state that this heritage is an expression of history and
the richness of cultural differences, a guide for a harmonic communal balance
and to assist communal integration.
As well as providing a variety of material for
presentation and comparison of different forms, it also carries a huge potential to
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SW100121
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