The cultural remains of past civilizations is the common heritage of all humanity, and is regarded among the most important assets of societies in today’s world. The territory of modern Turkey, which has been home to many civilizations since ancient ages, is among the World’s leading regions in terms of the variety and richness of cultural heritage. The Byzantine civilization, which has existed in this region starting from the end of Antiquity throughout the Middle Ages, is a significant part of Turkey’s cultural heritage. Getting to know the Byzantine civilization, is important for understanding the Medieval Anatolia, and particularly for understanding the civilizations of the Seljuk, Turkish Principalities and Ottoman periods, which have shared the same territories and have interacted in intense cultural exchange with these civilizations. The Byzantine civilization has also contributed to the shaping of modern European culture, with its cultural traces reaching into present time.
The Center’s establishment in İstanbul is also of significance: the city has been the capital of the Byzantine Empire from the year 330 AD, when it was declared by the emperor Constantine the Great as the new capital of the Empire, to 1453, and has played a principal role in the formation and development of Byzantine culture.
Today, Turkey is the country with the greatest accumulation of the remains of the Byzantine Empire, particularly in architectural form. Therefore, Turkey and especially İstanbul are important for Byzantine studies, as they harbor great scientific potential in the field.
GABAM is a scientific research center established to realize this important potential. The Center aims to engage in scientific research and activities related to the Late Antique and Byzantine cultural periods (circa the 3rd and 15th centuries AD) and make contributions of universal significance to the relevant scientific disciplines. In accordance with this aim, the Center: