The historic Cibali police station will be turned into a museum
The historic Cibali police station building in Istanbul’s Fatih district, which also appeared on stage as the subject of one of Turkish theater’s classic plays, will be turned into a museum.
Cibali Police Station was quite famous in the neighborhood where many public order incidents occurred during the time it was in service.
The building was rented to the Regional Directorate of Foundations to be restored and repaired in order to make it a police museum.
A total of 6,950,000 Turkish liras ($374,000) has been allocated from the cultural heritage budget of the Istanbul Governor’s Office for the renovation works of the building.
Renovation works are in progress, while the objects to be displayed in the museum have also been examined and selected.
Wax statues of famous theater actor Nejat Uygur, known for his role in the play “Cibali Police Station”, and policemen will also feature in the museum.
Uygur broke ratings records with his role in the play in the 80s and 90s.
While the police station was often highlighted at public order events in Istanbul, Cibali Police Station was turned into a play that would later become one of the legends of Turkish theatre.
Turkish theater actor Muammer Karaca brought the police station to the stage in 1951 and the play has been performed many times in the country and abroad.
Due to the success of the play, in which well-known actresses such as Adile Naşit and Gülriz Sururi played in the cast, Cibali Police Station was also adapted for cinema.