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Sinop city travel
Sinop travel
situated on a narrow peninsula at Turkey’s northernmost point, Sinop is like a Black Sea island with its good-natured people and streets where time passes slowly.

pontian greek Development of the Pontic Greek Dialect
Development of the Pontic Greek Dialect
Will Pontic Greek continue to be spoken? Bortone (2009) believes Pontic Greek spoken in the Pontos in Asia Minor today will probably disappear. The challenge is to keep the Pontic Greek dialect alive. The more recent work of researchers like Emeritus Professor Peter Mackridge, Assistant Professor Pietro Bortone, Dr Theofanis Malkidis, Ömer Asan, Dr Anthi Revithiadou and Dr Vassilios Spyropoulos have increased our knowledge of the dialect.

Time For to Discover the Black Sea Highlands

Time For to Discover the Black Sea Highlands

Discover the Black Sea highlands in September when time is suddenly rent by a blanket of fog or the cry of a vulture, and make the acquaintance of nature in its most beautiful aspect.

Greek settlements pontos map
Formation of the First Greek Settlements in the Pontos

According to Liddell and Scott’s An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, the word Pontos stands for the sea, especially the open sea. In time, the word Pontos became associated with the north-eastern portion of Asia Minor that borders the Black Sea (see Map 1).1 The Greeks first called the Black Sea, Aξεινος πóντος (inhospitable, unfriendly pontos), but later it was called Εϋξεινος πóντος (hospitable pontos) when they became aware of its wealth in the lands around it ...

Chrypto-christians Trabzon Pontos Matsouka

Crypto-Christians of the Trabzon Region of Pontos

The crypto-Christians (also called cryphi, klosti, Stavriotes, Kromledes) were Christian Greeks who due to the Muslim persecution against Christians publicly declared themselves Muslims. However, in secret, they upheld their Greek language, customs and Christian religious practices...






“Serander” are two-story wooden structures erected on a stone bases that marry the slope and provide a horizantal ground for the upper stories. Each story is larger than previous one. With its empty lower story on pillars for the purpose of ventilation, this light piece of construction seems ready to take flight. It is an abstract structure to be read like a system model, or a mental design.
"Serander" is placed on the stone base with four, six, or nine timber pillars, which are solidly bracketed by slanting rafters that emphasize the rising movement of the construction. Like an abacus on pillars, with cylindrical plates below them that are apparently developed to protect the store room from the other creatures of nature, they are another manifestation of creativity.
The storage space on the upper story is surrounded by a veranda that underlines the overall appearance. This story consists of three or four modules and its elevation is considerably high. In some practices, the upper units are enlarged to be added to the storage space. Broad eaves emphasize the lightness of the structure.

This unique and astounding typological element of the Black Sea region is constructed as a separate building that is exclusively allocated for the preservation of foodstuff. Built next to houses, store rooms or “seranders” inlocal idiom, are one of the most brilliant expressions of creativity in architectural practices.
It is possible to question the necessity of such an amount of labor spent on these painstakingly designed, decorated and constructed elements. Although the meticulousness seems to be internalized due to a mastery acquired by innumerable experiments in form, the "serander" can be read as an embodiment of a mentality that wishes to dedicate a building to the fruit of the land to consecrate it.
Starting with the points at which the pillars are attached to the rafters, the builders of "seranders" have also developed a specific ornamentation scheme, like the bands of geometric motifs on rafters and openwork on parapets. Even the intersections of wooden walls are used as a chance for embellishment or for plasticity.
In sum, the "serander" is a traditional model that is well known, meticulously executed, and bien raffine. It is a functional as well as a poetic model perched on the flower-bedecked slopes of the Eastern Black Sea topography. It is to be noted down by the contemporary architect as a source of inspiration. It is a structural stylization. An image with thousands of associations. A The elitist geometry of the Sagra House does not come up out of the blue. It is an appointment with "serander” in the context of Le Corbusier, a retreat into a local typology in pursuit of high modernity. It is a call for a new life, silent and profound.

Batur, A. & Gür, Ş.Ö. “Rural Architecture in the Eastern Black Sea Region”.
Istanbul 2005. ISBN 975-7235-68-7

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