Saving Cumalikizik for the future: Cultural heritage in Turkey

Ahunbay A. Z., Ayrancilar T., Polat A., Uray A.

International Conference on Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture (CIAV) / VerSus / 7th ATP, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, 16 - 20 October 2013, pp.567-572 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Vila Nova de Cerveira
  • Country: Portugal
  • Page Numbers: pp.567-572
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Bursa, a metropolitan city in the Marmara region of Turkey was founded at the foot of the Mysian Olympus. The vernacular tradition of the region consists of timber frame structures with adobe infill. With the development of modern technology, traditional construction systems came to an end; many timber houses were abandoned. Cumalikizik, which is located to the east of Bursa, is one of the rare cases, where the village has preserved its integrity. This paper presents the joint efforts of the Governorate of Bursa, the Yildirim Municipality and professionals to save the traditional architecture of Cumalikizik using universal principles of conservation. For the success of the venture, careful documentation of the site was followed by conservation work employing traditional building crafts and techniques. The work offers a good chance to architects and students to learn more about the vernacular architecture of the region.