Evaluations of cultural perception performance by users on the basis of re-use of monumental building: The case of Sivas's Buruciye Madrasah
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The purpose of a conservation act is to secure cultural heritage so that the associated cultural values can be passed on to future generations. Hence, conservation that is defined as "to keep alive" in a manner that includes yesterday, today, and tomorrow is regarded as a cultural act. One of the major justifications for conservation is to ensure the integrity of a monumental building in terms of authenticity, documental contribution, historic and architectural value, continuity, and usage. Giving a monumental building a purpose ensures an interaction with the public and preserves an object of cultural heritage. The most important point to bear in mind is the need to achieve the correct balance between conservation and functional modification. Within the framework of conservation criteria, it is critical to preserve the structure's authenticity as well as satisfy the new users. The performance level of a repurposed monumental building, which can also be defined as "cultural perception performance," will contribute to how characteristics such as authenticity, and the symbolic, historic, and cultural values of a building are perceived by users. This study is an analysis of the case of the Buruciye Madrasah, a single-story Anatolian Seljuk period building with an open courtyard plan located in the Central Anatolian Region in the city of Sivas that is now a handicrafts market and tea garden. The cultural perception performance of this cultural heritage building was assessed in order to determine if the authenticity value of the building was accurately perceived by users.