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Kastamonu_8790
11-JUN-2005

Kastamonu_8790

Old houses of the wood-and-mortar style still abound. I liked this rambling construction.

Bay windows on the first floor (and eventually on higher floors too) are common in 19th century civil architecture in Anatolia. In all medium size and larger homes, the ground floor was organised as a ‘service area’ (depots, kitchen, residence of the staff, etc.). The ‘haremlik’ (= private living area for the owner’s family), as well as the ‘Selamlık’ (reception room where male visitors were received) were located at the upper floors, beginning with the first floor.
The main room of the ‘haremlik’, where the women of the household spend most of their free time, was generally located at the street side of the house, and often had such bay windows. These windows were (almost always) equipped with wooden grills: the women could easily keep an eye on what was going on in the street, without being seen by (male) passers-by. So, the ‘harem’ – a closed and sacred area, when observed from the outside – appears to have had eyes that observed the outer world (and did so without his knowledge).

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: ‘Anadolu Mirasında Türk Evleri’ (T.C. Kültür Bakanlığı) 1995.

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Cakan Osman TANIDIK02-Jan-2007 11:00
Hi Dick,
I hope you are back at your home. About this picture: right at this corner if you had turned your head around and go up about 20 meters to the next corner you would stumble into another traditional house called the Konyali Konak where I work. On that day, I was in the office. Well… it is life… Thank you for your interest in Turkey and for your good work.
Osman.