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This photo was taken in Odunpazarı This is the only place in Eskişehir where the traditional 19th century houses haven't been torn down in favor of newer buildings

The city of Eskisehir has a history going back thousands of years, and has been home to many civilizations, including the Hittites, Phrygians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. So this is not only a geographical crossroads but a cultural melting pot. The old quarter of the city known as Odunpazari, and to locals as Yukari Mahalle or Hatap Pazari, is one of the districts where the Turks first settled after they began their conquest of the region in 1074. Legend relates that the first settlers chose the healthiest and airiest area to build their homes by hanging up shee'sg lungs in three places: Sarhyk (the ancient Dorylaeion), Kprbasi, the site of thermal springs on the edge of the Porsuk River (the ancient Tembris), and Odunpazari on the hillside south of the city where there is thought to have been an earlier settlement in Roman and Byzantine times.

Eskişehir'in ilk yerleşim yerlerinden biri olan Odunpazarında Osmanlı Dneminden kalan ve halen Kurtuluş Savaşından izler taşıyan Odunpazarı Evleri; Safranbolu, Beypazarı, Gynk gibi yerlerdeki mimari zellik ve motifleri taşıyor. Osmanlı sivil mimari rneklerini koruyan bu evlerde geniş saakları, kapıları, pencereleri, konsolları, tavanları, dolapları ve diğer ahşap işlerinde byk bir ustalık gze arpıyor. Belediye, 1973 yılından beri birinci derece SİT alanı olan ve koruma altında olan Odunpazarı Evlerinin kltrel ve kentsel mirası gelecek nesillere aktarmak iin Odunpazarı Evlerini Yaşatma Projesi adı altında 2005 yılında işe koyuldu. Bu projeye başta Kltr Bakanlığı olmak zere, Anadolu niversitesi Mimarlık Blm, sivil toplum kuruluşları, Vakıflar Genel Mdrlğ de destek verdi

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