Learn Ottoman Language in Cunda
If you walk into a street with many cats in Cunda, search for a sign of Harvard University. This is Harvard’s Ottoman Language Summer School’s building. There are always plates full of Whiskas in this street, so cats just lay the sidewalk and enjoy the street party style life. If you love cats, you can watch them playing around.
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To Taste Lokma ( sweet ) in Cunda
Lokma is a kind of fried-dough pastry made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon, and sometimes sprinkled with sesame.
The Turkish word lokma means 'mouthful' or 'morsel', luqmat al-qadi (judge's mouthful) was described by al-Baghdadi in the 13th century and is made in Arab countries to this day.
Cunda Island, also called Alibey Island, (Turkish: Cunda Adası, Alibey Adası; Greek: Εκατόνησα Hekatonisa or Μοσχονήσι/Moshonisi) is a small island in the northwestern Aegean Sea off the coast of Ayvalık, part of Balıkesir Province of Turkey. With an area of 23 km², it is by far the largest island in the Ayvalık Islands group. It is located 16 km east of Lesbos, Greece.
First information about the island comes from Herodotes in 454-459 BC.This is also the land of Aiol in the history ..
Cunda is linked to Ayvalık on the mainland by a causeway. The island has a typical resort town, Alibey, and a bus and ferry link to Ayvalık.The island’s former Greek population was expelled in the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey and was replaced by Muslims from Crete, Cretan Turks. The main landmark of Alibey village remains the large former Greek Orthodox cathedral, now abandoned and dilapidated.
Hayrettin Pasha Mosque
This mosque also is a converted from church and itd situated in the district of Hayrettin Pasa.
Its build in 1850 and its one of he first church of the city.Originally the name of the building is Panaia (Virgin Mary ) and it was used as a chýurch of religion school.
Total area is 4000 m2 and the church/ mosque is based on 700 m2 .The height is 18 m.The minaret is 32 m high.
Cinarlý Mosque is situated in the district of Hamdibey in the street of Alibey .This mosque also is a convered church and it was build in 1790 and converted to mosque in the year of 1923.Total area is consist of 2800 m2 although the mosque is based on 600 m2.The height is 30 m and the height of the minaret is 38 m
its based on 32.40 mX 15.90 ( east ) 20.25 m ( west )
Saatli Cami ( Mosque with Watchtower)
The mosque of watchtower is situated in the district of Fevzipasa.This mosque is converted from a curch was build in 1870 and was converted to mosque at 1928.Total area is 1250 altough the mosque is based only in 375 square meters.The bell tower height is 24 m and the minaret is 44m.This is the second biggest church in the city .Its 23.50m X 13.30 m ( east) 14.40 m ( west ).
The Church of Profitis Ilias
The Church was build in 1835 on the highest point of the city.But was severly damaged in the earthquake of 1944.The bell was trasferred from the church of Panaiya from Alibey island ( Cunda) in 136 in order to alert the people from the war attacks.Now the bell is preserved in the museum of Bergama ( Pergamum)
In 1952 the tower was tear down from natural weather conditions
The Church of Portaitsa
The church of Portaitsa is situated in the district of Sakarya in the city.Total area is 1163 m2 although the church is based only in 135 m2 .This is the smallest church of the city .The height is only 8 m and the size is 13.05m X 7.35 m
The Church of Faneromeni
The Church of Faneromeni is situated in the district of Kemal Pasa.The water of the church is accepted as holly water thats why its named as Ayazma or Faneromeni ( holly water )
The buiding date is 1890.Its build on an are of 200 m2 and the chuch is only 150 m2.
Size is 17.40mX8.60m Height is 12 m .
according to eh legens a small girl sees Virgin Mary drinking water from this spot. The municipality decide to make an investigation and they really find water in this specific area and they decide to build this church.
The Church of Aghia Triada
The church of Triada is situated in the district of Kazim Karabekir.The total area is 2000 m 2
But the church occupies only 400 m2 .This is the 4 th highest church in the city.Ýts based on 23mX18.20m.The worship area is 19.40mX12.75 .The height of the church is 17 m
The Church of Taksiyarhis
Taksiyarhis church is situated near the Ismet Pasa at the center .From an inscription at the wall we understand that it was build in 1844. The church area is 1200 m² only 500 m²’lik construction has been done. The church height is 16m. The bell tower is to the soot 30 m The church is based on an area of 22.00 m X 12. 75m.The church was made on basilica plan... western and oriental fronts are compared longer than other fronts .Six porter columns are carried the ceiling..
While strolling around Sarimsakli I saw only one Mosque what was quite surprising for me. As I could realize Sarimsakli is a modern town which hasn’t got thorough religious infrastructure yet.
You can watch my 4 min 36 sec Video Ayvalik Sarimsakli HD slide show out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Sertab – Back to the beach.
IZINDEYIZ ATAM Monument
The town was taken by the Greek Army in 1919 and taken back three years later by Turkish forces under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1922. Now we can see the monument in his honor at the main square of the city which has also his name.
Following the Turkish War of Independence, the Greek population in the town was replaced by a Muslim population from Greece under the 1923 agreement for the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations.
Ayvalik Islands and the Lesbos Island
Ayvalik is located on the Aegean Sea coast, facing the Greek island of Lesbos.
Ayvalik Islands are the group of islands around Ayvalik district. There are 22 islands and numerous rocks in the group, with Cunda Island, now a peninsula, being the largest.
Unfortunately I could watch them from aside and didn’t get in any case…
The Lesbos Island was perfectly seen from my balcony, so I had an opportunity to think over what I knew about it and its history while watching it in the evening.
Table of the Devil (Seytan Sofrasi)
The most significant scenic views in Ayvalik you can see when you climb up the Table of the Devil (in Turkish Seytan Sofrasi). It’s a very spectacular place with a nice view of Ayvalik and most of the islands around Badavut plajý (Beach).
Unfortunately I didn’t know it when I was there; otherwise I would go there for sure! I also don’t know why this hill has such a strange name… Nevertheless I saw it from my balcony and I’m sorry till now that I didn’t reach its top and didn’t see the view of the sunset over the archipelago of the Ayvalik Islands.
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