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The Turing Havuzlu Konak, or Mansion with Pool operated by the Touring Club of Turkey, which began serving guests in 1989, is the first historic mansion in Turkey to have been converted into a hotel. The nicest surprise of this mansion, which greets visitors at the entrance to the town and was once owned by one of its wealthiest families, is the approximately 1.8 meter-deep pool that holds several tons of water in the living room—restored and used as a café today...
Directions: In the entrance of the city
Interior of the houses
The interiors of the houses are as elegant as their exteriors. The low-ceilinged middle stories used in winter are cozy and warm like a womb while the upper floors, used in summer, are airy with high ceilings. The master bedroom, the most beautiful room with the best view, is usually situated on the topmost floor. This room, decorated with woodwork and stenciling, is where the master craftsmen exhibited all their skill. In typical Safranbolu houses, each room was furnished in such a way as to meet all the needs of the nuclear family. It is not for nothing that Safranbolu residents called each one of these rooms a ‘house’ since they could be a sitting room in the daytime thanks to divans running around the wall, simultaneously a kitchen thanks to the hearth, a bedroom thanks to the floor mattresses taken out of the cupboard at night, and a bathroom thanks to the washstand concealed in the cupboard! Because they were designed as independent units, each of the rooms was assigned a name such as ‘storage house’, ‘guest house’ or ‘dining house’.
Typical Safranbolu house
The sloping terrain at Safranbolu, which is situated in a deep canyon carved out by three rivers, produced interesting architectural solutions. The stone-built ground floors of Safranbolu houses, most of which are two- or three-storey mansions, generally follow the natural gradient of the street. The upper stories meanwhile, supported by buttresses, may project over the street. Although the houses are built on small, oddly shaped lots, thanks to this building technique the upper level rooms are nevertheless rectangular and spacious. Another aspect of the technique is that the house’s axis can be rotated slightly on the upper stories according to need or exposure to the sun!
hatice hanim konagi
Hatice Hanim Konagi is a XVI century traditional architecture that is located in the city of Safranbolu. In the city of eighth cultural haritage of the world.
The house builded by Goverment officer who is a member of Ottoman Army. He build a house and another for his brother. The house used for a long time by the family.
By the time the houses are used by the Ottoman Empire and used for a time for offical works. Than this houses was given to Safranbolu Offical Goverment and named by street name.
House used by old Safranbolu Offical Governer in 1980's.
then used as a Han( Auberge in Turkish). Finally the last owner change the house for its original form and used as a hotel.
The name of Hatice Hanim was created by recent owner of houses... mss Hatice.The house include 11 room and situated in large area.
And house has got some other rooms watching sun down.
The Hotel Hatice Hanim Houses build by special technic with include wood and stone. This house include classic Safranbolu houses with is garden.
During the years when Safranbolu was becoming a popular destination for tourists, there was a constant stream of visitors to the traditional houses. The house owners, who at first welcomed the tourists hospitably, naturally tired of this human traffic with time. But just at that point the museum houses came to the rescue. The first of them, and perhaps the most beautiful, is the Kaymakamlar Evi ( house of Governors), a house that was opened to visitors in 1981 following a restoration by the Ministry of Culture. This mansion is one of the most flawless examples of the Safranbolu house.
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