Posted by: bluesyemre | January 8, 2018

The Machiel Kiel Photographic Archive (Hollandalı tarihçi ve mimari uzmanı Machiel Kiel Fotoğraf Arşivi)


Hollandalı tarihçi ve mimari uzmanı Machiel Kiel Balkanları dolaşıp Osmanlı eserlerini tek tek fotoğraflamış (50-60’lar). Bu eserlerin bir kısmı bugün ya yok olmuş; ya da yok olmak üzere…

About this website and the project behind it In September 2011 the Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT) has launched a project for the digitization and publication of the photographic archive of Machiel Kiel. A former director of the NIT, Prof. Kiel is a renowned Dutch scholar intrinsically connected with the study of Ottoman architectural monuments in the Balkan countries, which he pioneered. His archive represents an invaluable source for researchers of this heritage. Created for the most part between the 1960s and 90s, it also contains visual documentation of many monuments that have not survived, or have been significantly altered in, the second half of the twentieth century. The publication of Kiel’s archive by the NIT is hoped to significantly advance international research on this heritage.

In May, 2012, the NIT made available online almost 1300 images digitized and processed within phase 1 of the project, pertaining to Ottoman-Islamic architectural monuments in the Southeast-European countries (outside Turkey). Completing phase 2 of the project in March 2013 the NIT made available online close to 500 images of Ottoman monuments located in Turkish Thrace. In November 2013 phase 1 of the project was supplemented by 500 additional images of Ottoman architectural monuments in the Balkans thus the total number of images of the reagion, made available by the NIT almost reached 1800. During phase 3 more than 2500 images of Christian monuments and mural painting from the Ottoman period will be classified and displayed. The NIT will successively make available this material to the public. For further information, please contact the curators of the project – Grigor Boykov ( & Maximilian Hartmuth (

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