By  on May 20, 2013

There is a saying in Turkish about Istanbul: Its stone and earth are made of gold. Never mind the historical wars fought over the city and the determination of the Turks to win it from the Byzantines — in modern times, too, governments have done all they can to make the most of its gold.

The result? “This city has not one square meter left to expand,” said Mücella Yapici, deputy secretary of the Chamber of Architects.

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