Turkey: US embassy 'censored' frescoes in historic building

Palazzo Corpi was built in 1860 by Giacomo Leoni in Istanbul

06 November, 14:32

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 6 - Restorations at a historic building in central Istanbul, which had been used as an embassy and a consulate building for nearly a century by the U.S., have unveiled a unique example of "censorship," after nude drawings surfaced from under thick wall paint as daily Hurriyet online reports. The U.S. mission left the building in the Tepebasi neighborhood of Istanbul's Beyoglu district in 2001, and the building has remained mostly idle since then. However, property developer Serdar Bilgili recently hired the facility for 51 years to transform the venue into a branch of the private members' club, Soho House. During restorations of the building, workers came across "erotic" murals when they removed thick paint from the walls. Bilgili confirmed to daily Hurriyet that the paintings on the walls were covered when the building was used as the U.S. consulate, as they were considered improper.

    The Palazzo Corpi was built in 1860 by Giacomo Leoni for Italian businessman Ignazio Corpi. The U.S. consulate left the building in 2001 in a bid to move to a more secure location following the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks. Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a private members' club for those in film, media and creative industries. Its venues vary from hotels and houses, to restaurants and cinemas. (ANSAmed).

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