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Yıllarca Bursa'da yaşayıp hiη gitmediğim Cumalıkızık'ı gφrmek bu gόne nasipmiş.

Cumalıkızık village
It is said that the founder of Ottoman Empire founded seven villages for his seven sons and their brides about seven hundred years ago on lands just east of Bursa. Five of the villages, built before the Ottoman conquest of Bursa, survive to this day and retain many features of Ottoman domestic architecture. According to another legend the village was called Camili (with a mosque) village because the other villages around it had no mosque and the people from the other villages used to come to Cumalıkızık especially on fridays to pray. In the 1920-22’s in the freedom war when the greeks were running away they burned down all the kızık villages. Cumalıkızık luckily survived from being burnt. The village of Cumalıkızık set on the slopes of Uludağ amidst fruit and nut orchards, is registered as a national monument and protected from development. The other four old villages, all south of the Bursa-Ankara highway are called Hamamlıkızık, not far from Cumalıkızık, Derekızık, farther east, Fidyekızık and Değirmenlikızık, closer to Bursa. There is a very old wooden mosque in the village and a hamam (bath) from Ottoman time. The houses have usually stone covered courtyards (called hayat) as well as the streets. The existing pavement style of the stones minimizes the humidity,resistant to floods and you can see water floating through the streets of the village almost every season. The houses have usually two or three floors. The entrance door is usually big and have two parts. Windows have cages to see the outer world without being seen from outside. The basement is stone and then comes the the other floors made of wood. The popular colors used in the houses are usually yellow, white, blue and purple.

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