Our ancestors establishing foundation have constructed public buildings such as Han, Turkish baths, imarets, hospitals, schools and mosques with no thought of personal gain and revealed our works in the nature of title deeds of our country and kept them alive.
Today the duty of protecting our foundation cultural properties for the next generations belongs to Directorate General of Foundations. However, protection of these works requires a common responsibility which cannot be entrusted to a single institution or organization. Protection must also be implemented by civilian authorities, safety units, municipalities and by all our citizens. If we share this responsibility, our historical properties will live forever.
Movable Cultural Properties under the responsibility of the Directorate General of Foundations may be separated into three groups:
Documents containing all and any information about foundations established from the Ottoman period to today otherwise known as ordinances and deeds of trust. Classification and transfer to micro film of these works has been completed and transfer to computer files still continues as part of the VAYS project. Their safety and physical protection has been ensured. They are open for examination by domestic and foreign researchers.
Teberrukat GoodsAll and any goods which are in our mosques and in small mosques and which are granted by benefactors and philanthropic organizations are named as Teberrükat goods. These are movable goods such as: *handwritten or printing Quran, component and book,
*Cover of Kaaba, rug, carpet and other exhibition material, minbar and reading desk cover, shawl and door curtain,
*Candlestick and Candlestick wax, luminaries, candle and chandelier for oil lamps, hanger set,
* Lectern, chair, minbar, door and window wings, staircase, Covering for Component and Sakal-ı Şerif, table
* All and any handwritten or printing plate, framework
*All kinds of clocks, gülabdan, (a small flask for sprinkling rose water) (buhurdan) Thurible and all similar metallic and glass things
*Case, telephone, wireless, loudspeaker and its equipment, vacuum cleaner, sweeper and similar goods and movable goods,
Almost all Teberrukat goods which have the characteristics of classic in our foundation based mosques and small mosques are taken inventory. Some movable cultural properties taken from our mosques in previous years are displayed in four museums belonging to Directorate General of Foundations in İstanbul, some of them are displayed in Daimi Halı Kilim Sergisi (Permanently Carpet and Rug Exhibition ) in Ankara, some of them are displayed in local museums belonging to Ministry of Culture and some of them are displayed in teberrükat storages belonging to Directorate General of Foundations.
Movable cultural properties such as luminaries, coverings for Sakal-ı Şerif, large scale plates, lamps and clocks are kept in mosques since they are still used. Other than these goods, movables such as inscriptions, ceramics, mihraps, alems, doors and window wings ceiling core take place as integral part as movable cultural properties protection of which are required.
As our museums and storages are inadequate, construction of a modern museum has been started where will be carried out protection, displaying and restoration of foundation movable cultural properties by Directorate General of Foundations in '' First Law School Building '' discharged by Ankara Province office of Mufti in Itfaiye Meydanı (Fire Bridge Square) in Ankara. In addition it is planned to construct foundation museums in our provinces such as İstanbul, Bursa, Konya, Kayseri, Tokat, Sivas and Edirne in future years.
Recently taking inventory of teberrukat goods and announcing of them when stolen has caused a decrease in number of theft by making a deterrent effect. Since each of movable cultural properties in public domains isn't taken inventory and protection of them are inadequate, there is increase in larcenies related these movable cultural properties as other petty larcenies
Taking inventory and video record transactions of movable cultural properties such as ceramic, alem, tombstones, fountains and inscriptions are started in İstanbul.