Machiel Kiel will give a lecture on "The Ottoman Monuments of Athens: Remarks on their dates of construction, identity of their patrons and their place in the general framework of Ottoman Architecture".
Machiel Kiel is a scholar whose career has revolved around the study of Ottoman-Islamic architectural monuments in the Balkan countries — an area of study that he pioneered and where he first traveled in 1959. He has been involved with several architectural restoration works. He has conducted research on the Ottoman architecture in the Balkans and has studied the Ottoman archives in Istanbul, Ankara and Sofia. His doctoral dissertation "Ecclesiastical Architecture and Mural Painting of Bulgaria in the Ottoman Period" was completed at Amsterdam University. Professor Kiel taught at Utrecht University and at many other universities as a visiting professor. He has published over 190 articles and 11 books on Ottoman architecture in the Balkans. After his retirement, Dr. Kiel became the director of Netherlands Institute in Turkey where he has left his photographic archive, an invaluable source for researchers of this heritage.