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Muğla - amazing chimneys awaiting you

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The town of Mugla

The centre of Muğla is situated on a plain surrounded by mountains stretching from the foot of the Asar Mountain (Castle). Some of the most famous and impressive tourist centres are within the boundaries of the region of Muğla.

Because the city is not located on the coast, it is not frequented by tourists but we recommend that you spend at least one day in the centre. The city centre boasts with many impressive examples of urban architecture. 

The Seljuks captured the city in 1080 and in 1096 it was retaken by the Byzantines. In 1284 the Turkish Kingdom of Menteşeoğulları took over the city. Then the Ottomans seized the city in 1390. The oldest part of the city was a district where Greeks and Turks lived happily together. Saburhane, the name of this district, origins from the Ottoman period. However, this part of Muğla has kept its old atmosphere even through the population exchange in 1924, when the Greeks were forced to leave the city. The most beautiful examples of the "Historical Muğla Houses" are scattered in the old Saburhane district just above the historic Bazaar Arasta.

While wandering around the narrow and sheltered streets in Saburhane, we noticed the chimneys of the houses, which are built in such a way that they cannot be affected by the wind, whichever direction it may ever blowing from. These chimneys are the symbols of traditional Muğla houses. Most of the old houses have a small courtyard. The 200 year old Hafize Ana House, which has won an award, and the Şerefliler House, which has been restored and converted into a Cultural Centre by the municipality, should also be visited. The Museum is just opposite of a courtyard and used to be a prison in the past. The museum is well worth a visit, with its garden full of ancient artifacts and statues. The numerous archaeological finds from excavations of the ancient city of Stratonikea are on display in the indoor section of the museum. 

The Arasta is known for its saddle-makers, shoe-makers, barber shops, ironmongery shops, small restaurants and a fountain located at its centre. There are also many shops that sell traditional souvenirs and the famous Muğla woven carpets and kilims. The city provides a good opportunity for those who like tasting the traditional local dishes of the region. Small workers' restaurants offer local dishes and delicacies such as ekşili döş dolması (stuffed sour meat) and keşkek (wheat boiled with minced meat). In the bazaar the old Clock Tower, which was built in 1895 by the Russian master Fulvari, will catch your attention. The clock on the tower is still in working condition and the tower still carries the signature of Fulvari. The inns of Yarım Han, the Yağcılar Han, which is a frequent stopping point for tourists, and the 250 year old Konakaltı Han which is presently serving as a cultural centre, were built by the Ottomans and are well worth seeing.

The Vakıflar Hamamı (Turkish Bath), built by Bey Ibrahim Menteşe in 1334, has become a meeting point for locals as well as Turkish and foreign tourists after its restoration.

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