Ottoman mosque in tiny Aegean village draws in tourists

Molivos is well-known for its Ottoman architecture, but the mosque is seen as the center-piece of the small Aegean village.

Ottoman mosque in tiny Aegean village draws in tourists

The Aegean Sea was usually viewed as a source of political and military tension by Turkish and Greek governments in the 20th century, particularly in 1990's. The two country's were on the verge of war due to disagreements on the sovereignty of tiny cliffs.

However, this understanding seems to have changed. There is, at least, a considerable decrease of political anxiety over the Aegean, and what is more promising is the fact that the two peoples of the region are much closer. The warming up of relations has led to the re-discovery of Ottoman heritage in the Aegean islands that were under the control of the Ottoman Empire for centuries.

One of them is the Molivos village on the island of Midilli. In Molivos there are many Ottoman works of art but the mosque in this little village takes a paramount position above them. Although Muslims are not allowed to pray in it, visitors are welcomed into the mosque. As well as the mosque, there are a number of fountains that still stand as a monument to the Ottoman heritage of the island. To this day, they are still used to quench the thirst of the people.

Visitors are mesmerized by the perfect combination of cultural richness and natural beauty in Molivos, which is located just across the sea from Ayvalık, a Turkish touristic hotspot. Similar to Ayvalık, Molivos is visited by thousands of tourist in the summer.

People have been living in Molivos since ancient times. The village was used by the Byzantine Empire, the Genoese and the Ottomans as a strategic point for naval trade.

Kuzey News Agency

Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2013, 17:18
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