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500th Anniversary of Piri Reis is commemorating through Turkey

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes memorial events in 2013 to mark the 500th anniversary of the famous world map of Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis.

The Piri Reis Map, named for the famed Ottoman admiral and cartographer who authored it, was exhibited between 23 January and 11 February at Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace Museum in an exhibition organized by the Bilkent Cultural Initiative for the 500th anniversary of the map’s creation.

A similar exhibition, which displays the second map made by Piri Reis in 1528-1529 as well as his most famous world map dating back to 1513, will be exhibited in Antalya. Antalya Promotion Foundation (ATAV) in collaboration with Kepez Municipality, and Antalya Branch of Chamber of Survey and Cadastre Engineers will carry out the exhibition at Antalya Erdem Bayazıt Culture Center until March 29, 2013.

The Piri Reis exhibition features his famous work Kitab-ı Bahriye, which Piri Reis presented to Süleyman the Magnificent in 1526, the first version of the book, written in 1574, as well as the Harita-ı Ekalim, which was made with the help of the Kitab-ı Bahriye.