Cultural Corridors of South East Europe

Heritage by Period / Middle Ages


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Corridor: Via Anatolia
Country: Turkey, Manisa
Type: Vernacular Architecture
Epoch: Middle Ages
Theme: Vernacular Architecture
World Heritage:
Middle AgesVernacular ArchitectureVernacular Architecture

The settlement is formed of historic houses based on an organic pattern, surrounding monuments including a churches, mosques, mescids, tombs, caravanserais, hamams (public baths) and fountains, dating as far back as the 14th century. The houses are composed of a stone masonry ground floor and timber-framed upper floor arranged around a courtyard; solid walls face the street at lower levels with wide projections and eaves overhead. The streets follow the topography, providing vistas and sometimes ending in cul-de-sacs. The settlement is also famous for carpets, kilims and weaving.

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