Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist from Turkey. She is the author of 15 books, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Architect’s Apprentice. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.
(CNN) Turkey’s newspapers this week documented the deep cracks appearing inside the treasury room of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace — one of the country’s top tourism destinations and once the home of Ottoman sultans. While older cracks had been covered with concrete, “Hurriyet” reported that parts of this iconic structure risk total collapse as a “result of years of neglect of historical heritage.”