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Wooden Istanbul
1.       Roswitha
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 29 Nov 2008 Sat 01:16 am

Traces of Lost Wooden Ýstanbul…

Until the middle of the 20th century the cityscape of Ýstanbul was dominated by wooden houses, which then vanished in a dramatic process. The German Archaeological Institute in Ýstanbul (DAI) has researched the wooden buildings of Ýstanbul in many investigations, reaching as far back as the 1960’s. The summary of these investigations gives an overall picture, which chronologically begins from the Amcazade Yalýsý of the late 17th century to the house of the early 20th century on Büyükada. The whole variety of the old wooden houses is typologically presented, from the magnificent yalýs on the shores of the Bosporus to the wooden houses of the petty bourgeoisie in Zeyrek. The documentation of this important city quarter covers its total area and takes up its own section in this exhibition. Special attention is given to the construction techniques of the wooden houses, with the tools of craftsmanship and with a detailed construction model of the Amcazade Yalýsý. The exhibition is supplemented with numerous historical photographs from archives of the German Archaeological Institute.

  Amcazade Hüseyin Paþa Yalýsý

Perhaps the oldest wooden house in Istanbul is the Amcazade Hüseyin Paþa Yalýsý, which is thought to be from the 17th century. It is situated on the Asian shore of the Bosporus north of Anadolu Hisarý. It basically concerns only the reception hall (divanhane) of a large group of buildings, which otherwise have been lost. With its rich interior decoration the Amcazade Yalýsý belongs to the most important examples of Ottoman architecture and art. In 2007 an exact building registration was possible for the first time, into which the construction was also incorporated. Even though it is in a very bad structural condition, the beauty of this fragile building is still a revelation.


Built in 1699, this is the oldest mansion on the Bosphorus. It has a marble fountain from which a jet of water spouts upwards, and its ceilings are decorated with flowers and geometrical designs. Unfortunately, it is in ruins, because of neglect. The original owner Hüseyin Pasa was a member of Mevlevi sect. Five Grand Viziers stemmed from the Köprülü family of the Ottoman Empire. Huseyin Pasa was the fourth Grand Vizier. Pierre Loti appealed to the authorities for the Amcazade mansion to be saved.

2.       Waseem_UK
174 posts
 29 Nov 2008 Sat 03:11 am

I found this article interesting....Thanks for your contributions.. 

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