Odunpazarı Historical Urban Site
ESKİŞEHİR Odunpazarı Historical Urban Site
World Heritage List Date of Submission to the Tentative: 13/04/2012
Ref. Nr: 5733
The Odunpazarı district of Eskişehir is located on the hills of the southern part of the city. As the oldest settlement of Eskişehir, Odunpazarı is representative of the civil architecture which takes its place in the cultural heritage list with its Ottoman Houses. The Odunpazarı dwellings were usually made in two types. The first type of house is entered from the street and has a backyard. The other type of house has a front yard and is a 1, 2 or 3storey-building situated in the middle of a garden. The houses usually consist of a sofa and surrounding rooms. The guests are received in a room called, ‘selamlık’. The houses are significant for their inner- and outer design reflecting the characteristics of traditional Turkish settlements, the material properties, construction materials, and elements of interior equipment, and their architecture which is compatible with the natural texture of the street and for their well-preserved condition exemplifying the typical traditional Turkish neighborhood.