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Cumalıkızık, a traditional ottoman village near Bursa

on 15/08/2014

Cumalıkızık street

      The splendid village of Cumalıkızık is cheap beats uk situated less than 15 kilometres east of Bursa. Founded 700 years ago, it is located at the foot of Mount Uludag.

The name Cumalıkızık is an association of the term “kızık” which refers to the population of the five villages of that area cheap beats and the word “Cuma” which means Friday, the day when the inhabitants gathered to pray.

Along the sloping paved alleys 270 traditional houses will inevitably attract your attention. The dwellings are several hundred years old and 180 of them are still inhabited today.

Some of them have been successfully restored and their pretty facades were painted green, white, purple, blue or yellow.

They have double panelled wooden doors that open on to an inner yard.

The houses were built according to traditional ottoman masonry using stones and rammed earth. They are three-storey, have small windows and tiled wooden roofs. The ground floor was usually used as a workshop beats and a storage place for the food. People lived on the upper floors. The top floor was used in winter due to its low ceiling and the middle floor in summer.

Cumalıkızık also harbours and old hammam (Turkish bath) as well as the ottoman fountain Zekiye Hatun built of marble in 1917 and located near the mosque.

The vestiges of an ancient Byzantine church were discovered in 1969 and they are currently exhibited at the archaeological museum of Bursa.

On the main street you will find a few locals selling products such as homemade breads and jams, fruits and vegetables, as well as handmade table cloths and tea towels. Also for the past 17 years an annual raspberry festival has been taking place here at the end of June and the beginning of July.

Except for the weekends where you can see a few tourists, time seems to have stopped in Cumalıkızık.

A few other traditional villages, such as http://www.capoeirauk.co.uk/ Değirmenlıkızık and Hamamlıkızık, are situated nearby although they were not preserved as well as this one.

The municipality of Cumalıkızık has recently applied to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

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