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The silhouettes of villages, accentuated by slim minarets, dot the hillsides of the highways. Villages reflect the climate and character of the region.

Mediterranean villages on the coast are made from stone that takes on the colour of the sky when the sun is low on the horizon; timber starts to be integrated as you reach higher altitudes. Wood frame and log construction in the temperate zone gives way to wattle and daub and eventually sun-dried brick in the southeast. You may notice interesting structures such as earth ovens, round outhouses, or dome-shaped cisterns.

Houses in the mountain villages close to the Black Sea are scattered. Villagers communicate by sing-song yells and yodels which echo in the valleys. The Toros (Taurus) Mountains in the South was the traditional habitat of nomadic Turks who, in search of moderate temperatures, spent the summer in the mountains, the spring on the plateau, and the winter down on the delta plain.

A real treat for the history buff is a visit to one of the villages just outside Bursa, such as Cumalikizik handed down almost intact from the 13th century. Here one can see the origins of the typical Turkish house with its window overhangs, functional spaces relating to the courtyard and the arrangement of rooms on the second stories, as well as the settlement layout with its intricate pattern of narrow streets.

Typical villages are built around a central square with the mosque, the school, the general store, and of course the centre of male life, the coffee house. The coffeehouse is the men's domain where important issues such as politics, crop prices and local gossip are discussed. The village fountain, inner courtyards and doorways are the women's domain. Exchanging information about goods and items related to health, child rearing and daily sustenance happens there. You will also see villagers on their way to and from the fields or orchards on donkeys and tractors.

Villages preserve the traditional dances, customs, weaving, puppet shows and plays in their original forms. The folk dramas and dances, which are still performed, carry traces of the shamanistic rituals of the Ural-Altaic region, Anatolian festivals honouring gods such as Dionosos or Osiris, and Egyptian mysteries.

Every region in Turkey, in fact every village, has its own folkdances with a total variety of more than 1500. Dramatizing the exaltation of nature, animals, everyday life, courtship and combat, folkdances continue to occupy an important role village life. The exquisite choreography and the universal meaning contain a vast resource of artistic energy.



Idyll Villas
Zeybek Sokak No : 8  P.K.78 Yalikavak Bodrum TURKIYE
Phone : +90 252 385 55 90     Fax : +90 252 385 55 89


For further information, please contact :


Mr. Sonad PELIT - Bodrum (+90 542 213 81 04)

Mrs. Amanda CHESTER - London (+44 797 636 3906)

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