A three-story derelict building in Istanbul's Balat neighborhood collapsed on Feb. 16. No injuries have been reported yet.
Istanbul's Governor's Office has released a statement regarding the incident, saying that the building had been cordoned off previously as a "precautionary measure."
Picking up where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left off last week, the defense ministers of both countries will continue exploring ways to keep channels of communications open between Athens and Ankara in the context of NATO's ministerial summit in Brussels on Wednesday.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will on Wednesday visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
The visit, which takes place on the second day of Tsipras's trip to Turkey, is scheduled to take place at 9.15 a.m.
Built in the 6th century under order of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, Hagia Sophia - a UNESCO world heritage site - was once Christendom's greatest cathedral.
The train line connecting Istanbul's European side suburb Halkalı with Gebze district of Kocaeli province on the east is expected to be opened to service in the coming months following the completion of a six-year-long renovation process.
Situated along the Western bank of Istanbul's Golden Horn, the intertwined neighborhoods of Fener and Balat are among the historically richest quarters of Istanbul.
French Energy company Schneider Electric's Cluster President for Turkey and Central Asia Countries, Bora Tuncer, presented the company's "Positive Energy Award" to Fatih Birol in a ceremony in Istanbul on Dec 25. "Sustainable energy is the future and the technology will be decisive for that," Bora said during the event.
Ongoing restorations at Topkapı Palace have unearthed never-before-seen silver and gold coins, jewelries, talismans, amulets and letters. But one mysterious finding amongst others was an encrypted letter dating back to 1871, carrying the seal of Cevher Agha, also known as the Dârüssaade Ağası, the chief eunuch of Sultan Abdülaziz’s harem, found in a closet at the harem of the palace.
The first Hagia Sophia was built in 360 AD with a basilica layout and architectural features. In 405, Hagia Sophia was rebuilt after it was burnt down during an uprising and was reopened in 415. The monument today is the third Hagia Sophia built on the same ground, according to records.