Cumalikizik

Cumalikizik is a village located 10 kilometers east of Bursa, at the foot of Mount Uluda�. Its history goes back to the Ottoman Empire's foundation period. The village is within the border of the Y�ld�r�m county. Cumal�k�z�k was founded by a waqf village. The historical texture of the village has been well protected and the civilian countryside architectural structures of the early Ottoman period are still intact. Because of this, Cumal�k�z�k has become a popular but still unspoiled center for tourists.

A group of similar villages which are placed close together between the foot of mount Uludag and the valleys have been called kizik in Turkish. The name stands for one of the twenty-four clans of the Oghuz Turksand the people from the villages also called kizik. Similar villages, less well preserved, are Degirmenlikizik, Derekizik, and Hamamlikizik. Hamamlikizik was the village of the local baths (hamamli), and Cumalikizik was named because people gathered there on Friday (Cuma, in Turkish) for worship.

The Cumalikizik ethnography museum in the village's square displays historical objects from the village. Every June there is a raspberry festival. The famous Cumalikizik houses are made out of wood, adobe, rubblestones. Most of them are triplex houses. The windows upstairs are generally latticed and with a bay window. The handles and knockers on the main entry doors are made of wrought iron. Cobblestone streets are very narrow with no sidewalks, but a typical medieval gutter in the center for rain and waste water. A mosque, the fountain of 'Zekiye Hatun' next to the mosque and a bath with one dome are original from the Ottoman Empire. Also there is a ruin of a church built by Byzantines.

Cumalikizik holds 270 historical houses. Some of these houses are in process of restoration and maintenance, and 180 of them are still being used as dwellings.

In 1969, the remains of a Byzantine church were unearthed southeast of the village in the foothills of Mt. Uludag. Some architectural works are on display in the Archeological Museum of Bursa. Movies and television programs with historical settings have often been recorded in Cumalikizik.