Shining the Gems, One by One…
Mugla Houses are renowned for their courtyard entrances, known as the “Lamb Door,” adorned with lacelike canopies and wooden ceiling ornaments. The chimneys gracefully rising from the red brick-covered roofs of these houses remain the quintessential symbol of the city to this day. Specifically designed to accommodate the “less windy, more rainy” climate of the region, Mugla Chimneys are constructed using 28 Ottoman bricks, and their distinctive feature is the “hats” crafted from these bricks.
Before 1922, Turks and Greeks coexisted in Mugla, each contributing to a distinct architectural style suited to their respective lifestyles. Turkish and Greek houses exhibit contrasting characteristics, with Turkish houses featuring concave placements and Greek houses adopting convex orientations. These historical houses, situated in the heart of the city, are meticulously restored one by one, transforming into cultural centers, art houses, public buildings, or residences, all adorned and purposefully utilized.
Moreover, the Mugla Archaeological Museum offers a diverse range of activities, showcasing photographs of rock paintings from the ruins of Latmos in Milas in one hall, and fossils dating back 5-9 million years in another. The fossil beds in the village of Ozluce are set to be transformed into an open-air park named “Trolian Park” this year, thanks to the financial contribution of the Governorship. Mugla’s mountain pasture, Karabaglar, serves as a true “health spring.” The restoration of “Keyfoturagi Kahvesi,” undertaken by the Municipality with contributions from the Governorship, stands as a perfect example for the region. Places like the Clock Tower, Arasta Assos and Troy, Saburhane, and Kurşunlu Mosque offer ideal venues for Cultural Tourism.
Adding a New Light to Sunny Mugla
This year witnessed another exciting project in Mugla, a city rich in culture. Mount Hisar Guided Tours Turkey, standing at an elevation of 670 meters and distinguished by its plateau summit and archaeological remains, was illuminated through a collaborative effort involving the Governorship, Municipality of Mugla, and TURSAB. As aptly stated by Governor Temel Kogaklar, Mugla now sparkles like a diamond necklace, following in the footsteps of Mardin.