Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank stated that while reviving the historical place, they also revived the defense industry, which is their legacy, and said, “We increased the localization rate in our defense industry from 30 percent to over 70 percent under the leadership of our President. Behind this success is the inspiration we got from our ancestors. Just as this place did not exist, the conquest of Istanbul will be difficult and maybe it will never happen; Open to success today if we capture foreign intervention in our defense industry, it would have a destabilizing Turkey as neighbors. " said.
Minister Varank inaugurated the 1st Phase of the Fatih Foundry Mosque and Social Facility, which was restored and restored by the General Directorate of Foundations, Trakya Development Agency and Kırklareli Special Provincial Administration in Kırklareli Demirköy, and used as the first defense industry facility in the Ottoman Period.
THE BALLS THROUGH THE BYZANTINE WALLS
During the conquest of Istanbul, this place was started to be used for preparation for the conquest with the guidance of Molla Gürani, the teacher of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han. In order to demolish the Byzantine walls, which are said to be indestructible, the cannons drawn by Fatih himself are cast here. The drills of the spilled balls are done in Edirne, and in the conquest of Istanbul, those cannons destroy the Byzantine walls.
THE HIGHEST TECHNOLOGY
This place, which closed and opened an era, is actively used until the end of the 19th century. It has been serving the Ottoman army for centuries. The structures unearthed during the excavations here show us that the foundry had the most advanced technology of its time.
SERVICE TO THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY
With its melting furnaces, service areas, production and storage facilities, and the historical mosque behind me, this place served the Ottoman defense industry for centuries. Our Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Trakya Development Agency and Kırklareli Special Provincial Administration have joined forces at the point of reviving such a historical and meaningful place.
SOCIAL FACILITY AREA
First of all, our mosque was restored by our Edirne General Directorate of Foundations at a cost of approximately 1 million TL. To ensure that this place can be visited more comfortably, with our Trakya Development Agency and Special Provincial Administration; We completed the construction of the 1st Stage social facility area that changed the face of this place, such as a tourism information office, a small market where local people can sell, and a car park. The cost of this project has reached approximately one million liras.
While we were reviving this historical place, we also revived our defense industry, which is the legacy of this place. Under the leadership of our President, we increased the localization rate in our defense industry from 30 percent to over 70 percent. Behind this success is the inspiration we got from our ancestors. Just as this place did not exist, the conquest of Istanbul will be difficult and maybe it will never happen; Open to success today if we capture foreign intervention in our defense industry, would have a destabilizing Turkey as neighbors.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REGION
Reviving a value like Fatih Dökümhane will make great contributions to the development of our region. This is where the foundations of our defense industry are also laid. It is important to see what our ancestors have achieved by giving importance to new technologies.
Governor of Kırklareli, Osman Bilgin, stated that Fatih Dökümhane was the first defense industry facility of the Ottoman Empire and was of great importance and touched upon the work done in this context.
Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Misbah Demircan said, “This is an important industrial facility remaining from the Ottoman period, which is very closely related to our Ministry of Industry. The first hydraulic systems were used, and ultimately there is a foundry. The project is very valuable from top to bottom. Therefore, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been involved from the very beginning. 20 years of labor. Excavations have been made and what to do has been revealed. This beautiful preparation in the environment is the harbinger of where the business will go. " said.
HISTORICAL FATİH DUMPHOUSE
According to the information in historical sources, the cannons and cannonballs used by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the conquest of Istanbul were made in the historical Demirköy Fatih Dökümhane. In the foundry where the advanced technology of the period was used, continuous production was carried out from the middle of the 15th century to the end of the 19th century.
The opening ceremony was attended by Kırklareli Governor Osman Bilgin, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ahmet Misbah Demircan and AK Party Kırklareli Deputy Selahattin Minsolmaz, Development Agencies General Manager Barış Janissary and Thrace Development Agency General Secretary Mahmut Şahin.