Region Birgi, Gölcük ve Bozdağ
Birgi , coğrafi olarak merkezde olmayan herhangi bir yere bağlanmayan, Küçük Menderes Ovası’nda, Bozdağ’ın eteğinde, nehir etrafına kurulmuş kendine has bir yerleşim yeri. Ancak bu yazıyı okumanıza da sebep veren bilinirliği, yüzyıllar boyunca çok farklı millete ev sahipliği yapmasından kaynaklanıyor. Tabi her gelen kavim de bir kültür bırakarak Birgi tarihini zenginleştirmiş.
The history of Birgi goes back 5000 years. Throughout history, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Pergamonians, Romans and Byzantines have lived in Birgi. During the Byzantine period Christoupolis is named 7. Century Pyrgion changed. Later, the Seljuks, who shaped their current culture to a great extent, were born in the 11th century. He came to Birgi in the twentieth century. After the Seljuk Empire was divided into pieces, the Aydınoğlu Principality, which we remember from the lessons, was established here. That’s why the ulucami in the center , Aydınoğlu Mehmet Bey Camii .
During the war of independence, Birgi kuvayi played a very active role in terms of national forces.
In 1990, Birgi was declared a natural protected area and today it is a candidate for protection by UNESCO.
Birgi Places to Visit
Birgi is now one of the protected urban protected areas. It is decorated with narrow streets bearing the traces of civilizations that have lived on it throughout history and the remains of many civilizations. It is a village worth seeing with its old mansions, madrasahs, tombs and mosques worked by master hands.
In the quaint village that is suitable to be a candidate for an open-air museum with its traditional architecture, monumental heritage and pleasant streets Çakırağa ve Sandıkoğlu konakları It is one of the places to visit.
Çakırağa Konağı, One of the architectural symbols of the town. A magnificent three-storey mansion, built by Mustafa Şerif Çakırağa in 1763, with the woods brought from Venice. The mansion, which also bears the traces of European architecture, is a very special place with its embroideries, hand-drawn decorations and architecture.
Almost every room and ceiling decorations are very beautiful. There are many painting pictures on the walls and on the panels in the upper part of the walls. If you look carefully, you can see pictures of 72 kinds of vegetables and fruits grown in the Küçük Menderes Basin in the decorations. Among the paintings, the views of Istanbul and Izmir in two different rooms should not be overlooked. Unlike the miniature art of the period, it gives a certain sense of depth.
It is said that Çakıroğlu Mehmet Bey, a wealthy leather merchant, had two wives, one from Istanbul and the other from Izmir. Çakırğlu decorated the walls of the rooms with these pictures so that their wives would not be homesick. The restored mansion now serves as a museum under the Ministry of Culture.
Taking its name from Gölcük Lake, which is approximately 75 hectares in size, on the summit of Bozdağ between Ödemiş and Salihli, the plateau offers a good option to cool off for those who are overwhelmed by the heat in the summer months in İzmir and its surroundings. Gölcük, which is also suitable for picnics and camping, is 20 kilometers from Aydınoğulları Principality and Birgi, an important settlement during the Ottoman period, and 30 kilometers from Sard, the center of the Lydian Kingdom, in the direction of Salihli.
The lake, which is located in the middle of the plateau surrounded by pine forests, draws attention from photographers in the region, which draws attention with its appearance resembling Uzungöl in Trabzon, which is among the important tourism destinations of the world and Turkey.
The lush vegetation around Gölcük Lake, which was formed by tectonic movements at an altitude of approximately 1100, offers a calm and peaceful environment to the visitors.
There are coastal restaurants, tea gardens, picnic areas, walking paths for the forest, various shops and stalls selling local products and handicrafts in Gölcük, which is waiting to be discovered with its easy access and local dishes.
When you go to Bozdağ, which is a place you must visit and see, the sign at the entrance
The text “Welcome to Bozdağ, the Paradise on Earth” welcomes you. After visiting Bozdağ, you will see how true this is. Every season has a different beauty of Bozdağ.
The potato of Bozdağ, whose most important source of livelihood is agriculture, is very famous. After potatoes, green beans, kidney beans, apples, chestnuts, walnuts, cherries and recently broccoli have started to be grown. Bozdağ is also famous for its foam halva. Be sure to taste the foam halva. You won’t regret it.
While eating at the Doner Hotel at the entrance of Bozdağ, you will watch the lush green landscapes from the restaurant that rotates slowly 360 degrees. On one side is the lush Elmabağ Village, and on the other is Cennet Bozdağ. There are also hotels and hostels that will meet the accommodation needs in Bozdağ.
There are many plateaus on the Bozdag Mountains, which have natural beauties and abundant water resources. Elmabağı, Ovacık, Çayır, Gündalan, Çavdar, Gölcük, Subatan, Çam, Başova, Kemer and Büyük Çavdar are the largest plateaus. Most of the plateaus have trout facilities. Show the fish you like, enjoy it whether you cook it on the barbecue or in a pan. A salad with plenty of lemon on the side… Another alternative dish, you can eat lamb or kid tandoori. With fermented sheep yogurt in a clay pot.
Ski facilities in Büyük Çavdar Plateau constitute an important place for winter tourism. It is an ideal place for those who want to do winter sports. Accommodation can be made in facilities equipped with all kinds of equipment. Skiers can go up to the summit by cable car. There is a long ski track from the summit of Bozdağ. In addition, the 2157-meter summit is a good climbing place for mountaineering. The best track to climb to the summit is made by passing from the west of Mermeroluk to the south. Watching the sunrise and sunset from the summit of Bozdağ is a completely different feeling.