BURSA AND CUMALIKIZIK

ESTABLISHED IN THE 1300s, CUMALIKIZIK ATRACTS ATTENTION TO ITS HOUSES THAT KEEP THE OTTOMAN’S CIVIL ARCHITECTURAL STYLE ALIVE FOR 700 YEARS.

Cumalıkızık that has kept the housing style of the Ottomans until today is a neighborhood within the borders of Bursa’s Yıldırım district. Cumalıkızık remains in UNESCO’s World Heritage List with its narrow stone alleys in the shoulders of Uludağ, authentic houses that haven’t lost their originality, and the ambience that keeps rural life alive. The village that hosts the examples of the earliest period civil architectural style of the Ottomans was established in the 1300s. The villages that were squashed between the shoulders of Uludağ had been named as ‘kızık.’ It has been told that this village is named as ‘Cumalıkızık’ (cuma means Friday in Turkish) because this village was the one where the villagers also from the surrounding villages used to gather for the Friday prayers. Another myth tells that Osman Bey gave this name to the village because it was established on a Friday. There is a museum at the village square that exhibits the historic village items. Cumalıkızık Ethnographical Museum is important in the aspect of discovering history of the vicinity and the village.

Film set
TV series and movies are shot in Cumalıkızık. The original structure of the village still remains. The village houses are two-storied structures that are made of stone, wood, and adobe. The most significant attributes of the Ottoman period houses were their window cages and bay windows, which Cumalıkızık houses reflect. Main entrance doors of houses are two-winged and wooden. The iron handles on them are still intact. About 150 purple, green, yellow, blue, and red homes that are occupied by villagers make the visitors feel like they are walking through the halls of history.