Cumalıkızık is a village located 10 kilometers east of Bursa, at the foot of Mount Uludağ. Its history goes back to the Ottoman Empire's foundation period. The village is now included within the border of the Yıldırım district as a neighbourhood. Cumalıkızık was founded as a vakıf village. The historical texture of the village has been well protected and the civilian countryside architectural structures of the early Ottoman period are still intact. Because of this, Cumalıkızık has become a popular but still unspoiled center for tourists.
A group of similar villages which are placed close together between the foot of mount Uludağ and the valleys have been called kızık in Turkish. The name stands for one of the twenty-four clans of the Oghuz Turks and the people from the villages also called kızık. Similar villages, less well preserved, are Değirmenlikızık, Derekızık, and Hamamlıkızık. Hamamlıkızık was the village of the local baths (hamamli), and Cumalıkızık was named because people gathered there on Friday (Cuma, in Turkish)for worship.
The Cumalıkızık ethnography museum in the village's square displays historical objects from the village. Every June there is a raspberry festival. The famous Cumalıkızık houses are made out of wood, adobe, rubblestones. Most of them are triplex houses. The windows upstairs are generally latticed and with a bay window. The handles and knockers on the main entry doors are made of wrought iron. Cobblestone streets are very narrow with no sidewalks, but a typical medieval gutter in the center for rain and waste water. A mosque, the fountain of 'Zekiye Hatun' next to the mosque and a bath with one dome are original from the Ottoman Empire. Also there is a ruin of a church built by Byzantines.
Cumalıkızık holds 270 historical houses.
In 1969, the remains of a Byzantine church were unearthed southeast of the village in the foothills of Mt. Uludağ. Some architectural works are on display in the Archeological Museum of Bursa. Movies and television programs with historical settings have often been recorded in Cumalıkızık.
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adcesk (0) 2012-05-19 15:31
Gerçekten daily life katogorisine uygun bir resim , tebrikler.
kabel (1013) 2012-05-19 20:00
Hi Alperen, a very nice image of an historical street with daily life continuing on. Good examplle of the old and the new confronting one another. I might have added a little bit of contrast to bring out the details in the structures and rocks. A slightly faster shutter speed have given you a freeze with the walking people so that they were in focus more. Otherwise this is a very nice image that you have added to your gallery.
Keep sharing your wonderful photos with us,
macjake (39998) 2012-05-21 9:11
Its really interesting from a visual and educational standpoint to view these types of photos, they are perfect for TE.
lots of culture, lots of charming history in the old rundown look of the architecture.
thanks for this one
Fis2 (73646) 2012-05-21 13:47
A very curious buildings.
Good frame and colors.
Photo has climate.
JFS (32429) 2012-05-22 9:18
Beautiful street shot of this old but lovely village. Lifely atmosphere and natural colors. You are uploading nice works on your gallery, wellcome to TE!
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-05-22 19:10
I love all of the textures that you have managed to capture here. Great colours, great composition.
aliabazari (10165) 2012-05-23 23:07
This image is a very good record. Excellent lighting and composition. Lovely and beautiful.
abmdsudi (27118) 2012-05-24 8:17
This old alley conveys lots of its own charm and unique character, a very evocative and wonderful insight of this place. The compo invites viewers to explore this historic sight with lots of interest. The detail in the stoneworks is simply superb that have a special enchanment about them and the feel of this old place is remarkable and the human elements make it lively. I do feel it still can benefit a bit more contrast. Well done, Congrats
fritzi007 (7744) 2012-05-26 15:57
Really a great photo, congratulations!
serp2000 (29632) 2012-05-27 8:23
I like similar old places with a special athmosphere. Good capture of street scene with the tourists.
eldancer1 (17330) 2012-05-27 14:24
Very nice capture of this quaint little street. Looks like the buildings are very old. And thanks for the wonderful information. Great pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-06-05 18:30
This is a beautiful image showing the old village with buildings built with stones.. i see the rugged alley paved with stones. Feels like living in centuries back. Like the way the colored clothes hanging on the wall and the lady sitting and watching the tourist. Your informative note is very useful in understanding the history of this village.
Tigerlily (2343) 2012-06-13 1:39
A very beautiful place to be.. i like the atomsphere.
Could try a smaller aperture next time..:-) have a nice day Alperen.
Polakowski (1115) 2012-06-13 12:09
A very interesting atmosphere.I am intrigued by a street vendor on the left and gave it in the workshop.
Miguel82 (8595) 2012-06-14 16:05
A good capture of that old street
nice reportage about this village
Fine colors and excellent sharpness
PecoBud (3778) 2012-07-02 12:29
I can really see myself walking down this street and talking with the locals and maybe finding a family to have dinner with and share our stories with each other.
Excellent capture and fine details of these old buildings, wonderful POV here Alperen!!
TFS........Your Friend from California.......Buddy
clic (11295) 2012-11-27 7:33
I see a much-pleasing picture of an exotic backstreet captured by softlight that shows a touching view of hearty people selling goods as means of life.
tomi1 (1932) 2012-12-07 17:44
Interesting house construction. The houses are at an upper level having the cellars beneath.I like these houses facing to the open nature. Inside they must be very humble but comfortable. Regards. Domingos