A film on the Palyans, an Armenian family of architects that worked in Ottoman Empire, is currently being shot with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Turkey. The director is Karo Babayan. The shooting is expected to be completed this year.
The Palyan family was a famous 18-19 centuries family of architects, artists and public figures from Kayseri. The main part of their architectural activity was implemented in Constantinople. Using the new tendencies of European architecture as well as Byzantine and Armenian traditions Palyans brought European features to the Turkish architecture by which the ways of its future development were defined in a certain degree. The Armenian origins of Palyans are usually kept silent about in Turkey.