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On Taksim Square, the buzzing focal point of Istanbul, a giant disused building looms over visitors, its glass windows broken, a few tattered ad banners flapping disconsolately in the breeze. This is the Ataturk Cultural Centre (AKM). After years of debate on the future of the building, Erdogan this month offered a radical and clinical solution – rip the entire edifice down and build a world-class opera house in its place.The absence of the AKM left a gaping hole in Istanbul cultural life, with the opera and ballet companies largely performing at the Sureyya Operasi on the Asian side of the city, an architecturally significant 1920s building but too small for grand shows.For others, the building is a proud symbol of the modern republic set up by Ataturk – himself an opera buff – and must be restored rather than demolished."The plan to demolish AKM is an attempt to reverse that goal".He claimed that edifices linked with Ataturk were being knocked down under the current government, which insists it does its utmost to preserve Ataturk's legacy.
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