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It was a weaving factory established by Mahmut II in 1839 in the Defterdar neighborhood on the shores of the Golden Horn in Istanbul to sew uniforms for the new Ottoman Army, which had replaced the Janissary Army. When the facility started to produce fezes entirely, it was renamed "Feshane-i Amire". Between 1992 and 1998, it was used as a museum of contemporary handicrafts by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

It is one of the first examples of a steel structure built using steel columns brought from Belgium and manufactured as cast steel. Equipped with steam looms, the factory is the first modern textile industrial enterprise of the empire. Consisting of 5 main spaces of different sizes in its simple form, Feshane is built on a total area of 56,000 m2.

The building was rendered unusable when the facade facing the Golden Horn was flooded with water from the ground. The decaying building was saved from demolition by building an impermeable screen up to the level of the Golden Horn. Within the scope of the Restoration works, ground reinforcement and maintenance and repair of steel columns were carried out. The collapsed public gate, one of the most important architectural elements of the facade of the building, was built by completing the missing parts with the original parts. Currently, it serves as an international fair, congress and cultural center.

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