By Jenny Reddan, Cornell University, Masters Candidate – Historic Preservation Planning
Yeşilyurt (Büyük Çetmi) is located on the western end of Mount Ida in northwest Turkey. This area of Turkey was a transition region that had influences from Persians, Romans, Greeks, and Lycians. Büyük Çetmi was settled in 1355. The vernacular style in the village pulls influences from Greek and Turkish vernacular housing. In 1969 Büyük Çetmi changed its name to Yeşilyurt.
This settlement is a popular vacation destination due to its ideal location and picturesque historic buildings. New construction mocks the vernacular. Over 15 hotels and over two dozen vacation homes have recently been constructed. This movement has driven out locals and is transforming the makeup of Yeşilyurt.
My visit to Yeşilyurt includes the documentation of the village mosque built in 1700. Located in the village center, the mosque influences community daily life. Documentation plans will assist future preservation initiatives, maintenance, and provide an example of the local vernacular style.
I will also provide a report of the changing demographic, economy, and influence of new construction. These reports will help Yeşilyurt maintain its quaint character and support a sustainable future plan for healthy development.