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This is probably the most TE-likely photo i've uploaded lately, telling something about the world must be also as important as delivering some "dark mood" :P

Taraklı is a town in northwestern Turkey which was once a halting place on the Silk Road. Its venerable history goes back to antiquity, when it was known variously as Dablies, Doris, Dablis and Dablia. During Byzantine times, it was a small fortress town in the region governed by the lord of Bursa. Taraklı was conquered by the Ottomans in 1331-1332 during the reign of Orhan Gazi, and came to be known as Taraklı Yenicesi or Tarakçı Yenicesi. It was razed by Timur's armies in the late 14th century, but rebuilt during the reign of Sultan Çelebi Mehmed (1413-1421).

Until the early 1800s the population of Taraklı consisted of around five thousand Muslims, four thousand Armenians and a few hundred Greeks, but today the total has dropped to five thousand. With its coffee houses and tea gardens shaded by arbors and filled with roses, its narrow streets, tiny squares with fountains, and delightful old houses, Taraklı is one of the few Turkish provincial towns to retain its traditional character.

The wooden two storey houses have bay windows and bracket struts, stained glass windows and recesses known as eyvans decorated with naïve landscapes in the corners.

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Taraklı'da tipik bir Osmanlı Evi'nden evrilen Taraklı Kültür Evi'nin ikinci katı. Etnografya Müzesi görevini gören evin mimarisi, diğer Taraklı evleri ve Göynük evleri gibi Safranbolu'dakilere çok benziyor. Safranbolu'ya hayran kaldığım için burası da şahane geldi bana, ve İstanbul'a 135 km mesafesi ile günübirlik geziler için ideal. Bence Taraklı ve Göynük'ün de en az Safranbolu ya da Cumalıkızık kadar ünlenmiş olması gerekirdi. Safranbolu kadar "eski Türk evi metropolü" olmasalar da bence Cumalıkızık'tan çok daha güzeller. Üstelik ahali de çok daha canayakın ve misafirperver...

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