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July 1st Maritime and Cabotage Day!

July 1st Maritime and Cabotage Day!

The Beşiktaş Municipality celebrates the July 1st Maritime and Cabotage Day in the Barbaros Square.

The Beşiktaş Municipality goes on celebrating the July 1st Maritime and Cabotage Day enthusiastically, keeping the tradition alive.

With the introduction of the Cabotage Law dated July 1st, 1926, as of which the Maritime and Cabotage Day has been celebrated, the capitulations that had been granted to foreign countries for 350 years came to an end. For this reason, we celebrate this meaningful Day in a much more regardful way in Beşiktaş, which is a district of sea…

The celebration ceremony held in Beşiktaş Barbaros Square started with laying wreath at the Statue of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha, standing in homage and saying the Turkish National Anthem. After the speeches given, the ceremony continued with the Beşiktaş Municipality Band and the Beşiktaş Municipality Folk Dances Team. And the Students’ Band of the Maritime Faculty of İTÜ (Istanbul Technical University) presented a spectacular performance and parade to the citizens of Istanbul.

The celebration event was also attended by Atty. Murat Hazinedar, the Mayor of the Beşiktaş Municipality.

The Mayor said, “With this very law repealing the capitulations granted to foreign countries, Turkish citizens were granted many privileges in fields such as maritime, sea tourism, the right to build ships and to practice this as a profession, fishery, sea transport, training, etc. in the field of maritime, all of which were the achievements acquired thanks to the Republic. Besides, political and economic means of freedom were gained through the same Law. And to Beşiktaş, the Cabotage Day bears a special meaning. The Barbaros Square, which is right in the center of Beşiktaş, is where the Cabotage Day is celebrated by the Turkish Republic at the highest level.

Because this very square where the Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Naval Museum and the tomb of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha are located has been the center of the Turkish Navy since the 16th Century. With all these feelings and considerations, today we commemorate all our martyrs and veterans, the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, being in the first place, and I would like to say “Happy July 1st Maritime and Cabotage Day” to all our citizens.

At the event, the Mayor Hazinedar presented a huge painting of 2X5 meters with the theme of Turkish Maritime and Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha to the Directorate of Port Operations. The ceremony ended with leaving a wreath into the sea from the Beşiktaş Pier. The Mayor Murat Hazinedar visited the Tomb of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha and the Sea Museum after the Ceremony.