Safranbolu » Safranbolu Houses
When Safranbolu is mentioned, the first thing that comes to our mind is Safranbolu houses which is living its all glory today and brings Safranbolu fame in Turkey and all around the world. Houses reflect all features of civil Ottoman architactural. There are approximately 2000 traditional Turkish houses at the center of the town which built during 18th 19th and at the beginning of 20th centuries.1000 of those houses are under legal protection. Houses are grouped at two seperate region of Safranbolu. There is a part which is known as ‘city’ and was used as winter residence. The other one is known as ‘Bağlar’ and was used as summer residence. Safranbolu houses mostly were constructed near the valleys which are not arable and designed in order not to hamper one another’s sunshine and view. The people of the area live in city center in winter and when the weather gets warmer they move to the summer house. Trade and production continues at ‘Çarşı’ in summer as well.Dailylife continues in the city, transport which is provided in between home and street style is made for cobblestone pavements.Existingpavementroads are enduring to flood and reduces humidity.
Traditional houses in Safranbolu are mostly 3 floors, 6 or 8 rooms. Houses designed for convenience of people living in it. Every room is designed to meet needs of the family. There are cupboards, called ’yüklük’ shelves, furnaces and sofas in every room. In each room consists the wardrobes and they are used for ablution like today’s shower cabins. The another details in Safranbolu houses are wooden decorated. Safranbolu houses don’t uniformity due to the overhang. The number of narrow and long windows differs according to size of the room and they are covered with wooden cages called ‘muşabak’. Some ofthe houses have pools for coolness andin order to protect against fire. Generally stone is used downstairs, adobe is used upstairs, and tiles in the Ottoman style are used in roofs. The floor of the entrance is called ’Hayat’ (life), if it is stone it is called ‘taşlık’ (made of stone).
Twin Cities of Safranbolu
Turkish Delight With Saffron