Houses

The architectural details of the houses of the city, with their window-frames of colorful cut stone and enclosed wooden balconies, are some of the most beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture that can be seen in the region today. The houses in Kesriye are similar to those of Karaferye and most have external corridors. These houses, usually duplex or triplex, are generally surrounded by a large courtyard or garden. The external upper corridor/ balcony holds a place of great importance in the homes (Akın, 2001, p.77-78). The interiors of the homes reflect almost all of the features of traditional Ottoman housing. These common features are reflected in the terminology as well: Sachnisia, minderia, hagiat, etc.  

The Baroque influence, which was dominant in Ottoman Art from the middle of the 18th century, is reflected in the shape of the arches and much of the hand-carved ornamentation found in these houses. The presence of a cross or the date 1796 in Latin numerals on the homes is evidence that the house was inhabited by Greeks. There can be no doubts that some of these homes were built for the Christian/Orthodox residents of the city of the time and are examples of the work of Christian/Orthodox builders, but nonetheless they are fine examples of the Ottoman architecture as it appeared in the Balkans.

 

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