A Trip To Kayaköy

“Kayaköy, anciently known as Lebessos and Lebessus (Ancient Greek: Λεβέσσος) and later as Livissi (Greek: Λειβίσσι) is a village 8 km south of Fethiye in southwestern Turkey. In ancient times it was a city of Lycia, Later, Anatolian Greeks lived there until approximately 1922. The ghost town, now preserved as a museum village, consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly standing Greek-style houses and churches which cover a small mountainside and serve as a stopping place for tourists visiting Fethiye and nearby Ölüdeniz.

Its population in 1900 was about 2,000, almost all Greek Christians; however, it is now empty except for tour groups and roadside vendors selling handmade goods. However, there is a selection of houses which have been restored, and are currently occupied.”

(More details on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak%C3%B6y)

We had this amazing little trip on a rainy weekend with “TEDU ARCHITECTURE” first and second year students and our teachers. As cited above, this abondoned village is stuated near sea but on a mountain. We had to walk and in some occasions, climb. But the view on the top worths all the effort to get there. The clean fresh air and all the nature really amazed me. Despite the bad weather and the difficult roads, I tried to explore as much as I could. We found a lot of sea shells in Kayaköy and that really make me smile!

 Above all the things, we were taken there to have a study. We were given a simple map of Kayaköy and some papers. We observed the field according to different factors which also affect the experience of space: light, enclosure, shadow, visibility, horizon, form, continuity, texture, color and so forth. For example, the positioning of houses varies according to the slope of the field. This also affects the density of houses, the flora, the temperature etc. Our duty is to discover these factors and their relations to each other. We were asked to create a multi-layered map according to our observations and interpretations.

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