Servia

Servia is a region connected to Kozani. During Ottoman times it was a district connected to the Manastır Province. In 1881 it became a county district and was connected to Manastır again in 1889 (Sezen, 2006, p.455). In 1913, it came under the dominion of Greece. Some of the inhabitants of Serfice were relocated to Trabzon and to Giresun in 1942 (İpek, 2000, pp. 74, 78).

Evliya Çelebi, who visited Serfice, gives the following information:

“They say that Eflatun (Plato) had the castle built. Governor Beyazid Khan took it from the Greeks. It has a castle guard, twenty soldiers, cavalrymen, chamberlains, proprietors and notables. It is a nice, triangular, stone castle which was settled on an earthy, jagged little hill. There are orchards on the mountains. There are about one hundred houses for poor Greeks. There are no ammunitions stores. Only one ruined door facing west remains. Its imarets are all located in the lower town.

 There are six Muslim neighborhoods and eight for Greeks and Jews. There are 1800 mulberry trees and many houses with orchards they look as if they are stuck to each other next to the castle. These neat, little, stone houses with tiled roofs are located along the many wide, sloping, well-attended streets. Many experienced travelers call the city “Little Bursa” as all of the orchards contain mulberry trees and abundant amounts of silk bundles, just like in Bursa.

There are six mosques. The Sultan Bayezid Veli Mosque has a plain strucrure. The Debbağhane Mosque, Dedeler Mosque   and Mumcu Agha Mosque are the most famous. Other than these places of worship, the place offers six district prayer rooms. It has a lodge, two Primary Schools, a Turkish bath in front of the Memi Agha mansion and one Khan. One hundred shops can be found here selling goods such as thrown silk ornamented napkins and towels, bath shirts, macramé towels and silk edged shirt cloth. Many people put a shirt in a length of cane and send it to the governor or other government officials. One shirt weighs ten dirhams. The soft, white bedsheets are greatly admired too”  (V, 1966, pp.400-401).
 
Today, a part of the castle rampart, a tower and the senior high school building are all that remain standing.
There are six mosques. The Sultan Bayezid Veli Mosque has a plain structure. The Debbağhane Mosque, Dedeler Mosque and Mumcu Agha Mosque are the most famous. Other than these places of worship, the place offers six district prayer rooms. It has a lodge, two Primary Schools, a Turkish bath in front of the Memi Agha mansion and one Khan. One hundred shops can be found here selling goods such as thrown silk ornamented napkins and towels, bath shirts, macramé towels and silk edged shirt cloth. Many people put a shirt in a length of cane and send it to the governor or other government officials. One shirt weighs ten dirhams. The soft, white bedsheets are greatly admired too''(V, 1966, pp.400-401).

There are six mosques. The Sultan Bayezid Veli Mosque has a plain structure. The Debbağhane Mosque, Dedeler Mosque

Today, a part of the castle rampart, a tower and the senior high school building are all that remain standing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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