While contributing to the development of the banking sector on the one hand, Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank also undertakes significant social responsibility projects based on social values preserving cultural assets. We believe that society must live with an awareness of its responsibilities, part of which is transferring its essential values accurately from generation to generation. We aim to benefit society by obtaining the support of our employees in all of our social responsibility projects. We aim to preserve our cultural heritage and transfer these values to future generations with the projects embraced wholeheartedly by our employees.
Kuveyt Türk has undertaken many restoration projects to protect Turkey’s historical and cultural heritage such as books, documentaries and many more. Among the restoration works carried out under the responsibility of “preserving the iconic buildings of the city and preserving the traces of history” are that of Ortaköy Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, which has a very special place among the historical buildings that make up the unique silhouette of Istanbul, and those of Azapkapı Saliha Sultan Fountain in Istanbul and Bursa Kozahan Fountain.
Ortaköy Büyük Mecidiye Mosque Restoration
Büyük Mecidiye Mosque was built in the middle of the 19th century corresponding to the end of the Ottoman period as an important contribution to the identity of Istanbul. It was restored in 2014 after 3 years of work with the support of Kuveyt Türk. The mosque, whose restoration was carried out meticulously and carefully in accordance with the purpose, was renewed in accordance with its historical character. The restoration work revealed traces of the history and culture of Büyük Mecidiye Mosque and the societies it has witnessed since the time it was built.
Saliha Sultan Fountain Restoration
Another restoration work that Kuveyt Türk has undertaken in order to preserve society’s historical assets from being lost is that of Istanbul Azapkapı Saliha Sultan Fountain. Saliha Sultan Fountain, one of the most beautiful examples of the public fountains of the 18th century, was built by Chief Architect Kayserili Mustafa Agha from 1732-33 in the style of the Tulip Period. The fountain was restored in 2006 with the cooperation of Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank and the General Directorate for Foundations and the fountains were put into working order again.
Bursa Kozahan Fountain Restoration
The restoration of Bursa Kozahan Fountain was carried out by Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank under the surveillance of the Regional Directorate of Foundations in 2008. The mosque and fountain were restored to their original form. Koza Han, located in the large area between the Grand Mosque and Orhan Mosque, was designed by architect Abdül-ula bin Pulad Şah and was built in 1492 by Bayezid II.