Ottoman Houses Under Ancient Trees
İzmir Historical Town of Birgi
World Heritage List Date of Submission to the Tentative: 13/04/2012
Ref. Nr: 5728
Birgi, located in the Ödemiş district of Izmir, was respectively under the rule of the Phrygian civilization (750-680 BC) and Lydian civilization (680-546 BC), the Persians, the kingdom of Bergama, the Roman, the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Furthermore, it is the site of a variety of structures left from the Aydinogullari famous for their seamanship activities, and the Ottoman period. The historical houses of Birgi, the Ulu Mosque, the Mosque of Aydınoğulları, the Karaoğlu Mosque, Dervish Aga Mosque, the Birgi Mehmet Efendi Madrasa, the Sultan Shah Mausoleum and the Cakiraga Mansion are some of these structures. Moreover, the Ödemiş Museum is rich in archaeological and ethnographic items illustrating the history of the region.