Located in the foothills of Mountain Uludağ, just 10 kilometers from Bursa’s city center, the pretty Otoman village of Cumalıkızık is a step back in time for the thousands of tourists who visit throughout the year, eager to stroll through the peaceful streets, and gaze with awe at the picturesque and well preserved historical buildings such as mosques, inns and timber framed houses.
Registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, as the village reflects the birth of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th and early 15th century, Cumalıkızık is especially popular with those living in big cities such as Istanbul and Bursa, who book hotels and enjoy peace and quiet in one of the most beautiful places in Turkey.
Described as a “foundation village” in the early Ottoman period, the area remains one of the best examples of the Ottoman lifestyle with its traditional stone paved streets, houses built with wood and adobe and monumental structures. The village provided employment for many artisans who engaged in the construction of the complexes and the first capital.
With a population of about 700 people, the village attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year, even during the winter season, when amateur photographers, keen to wander the narrow streets and eager to capture a moment in time, arrive in their hundreds, with many taking a break to enjoy sumptuous breakfast tables consisting of local delicacies and a glass of hot Turkish tea in the snow.
The village, which owes it’s recent popularity to the TV series and movies shot there in recent years is home to 270 historical houses, walkways and a museum, not to mention some 60 food and drinking venues and nearly 150 gift stalls
Cumalıkızık, which lies within the boundaries of the central Yıldırım district, benefits from it’s location adjacent to one of the favourite winter destinations in Turkey, Uludag. After their exertions on the slopes, whether ski-ing, snowboarding or just riding on snow sleds and bikes, visitors are more than happy to slow down the pace a little and relax with a short tour in the village for a few hours.
If you are searching for a unique, interesting and picturesque place to take a short break in Turkey, then you must add Cumalıkızık to your itinerary.