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Birgi Cakiraga Mansion Izmir

Birgi Cakiraga Mansion Izmir
This mansion is one of a few to have survived and retain its original beauty and has an architectural style that is unique to the Aegean region. It was built in 1761 by Şerif Ali Ağa in a colourful, rich and ornamental design similar to those he had seen in Istanbul , Paris and Venice.



Entrance into the mansion is through two very large wooden doors and the ground here is covered in stone plates and there is a hayloft, stable and rooms for the service personnel. Access upstairs is from a wooden staircase that leads to the middle floor where there is a bathroom and five rooms. Another staircase leads to the upper floor that has four rooms with extremely high ceilings and a large hallway separating two rooms that face the street with small ante-rooms connected. On the opposite side are garden rooms, and there is a beautiful triple archway separating the main hall from the hallway that connects the balcony. As you move from room to room you will be astounded by the beautiful drawings and paintings on the walls and wonderful fine detailed wood carvings. The best and most beautiful paintings are in the Izmir and Istanbul rooms; Şerif Ali Ağa had two wives, one from Izmir, the other from Istanbul, and he commissioned panoramas from their hometowns to be painted in their rooms so as they would not feel homesick. The mansion was used as a residence until 1950 then transferred to the Ministry of Culture with restoration works starting in 1977 and it opened to the public in 1995. Next to the mansion is the Oriental House that is also open to the public.

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