Sustainable Travel Route in the Taurus Mountains

Antalya's 350-Year-Old Architectural Wonder: Button Houses @ Ormana Village's
By: Turkiye Ministry of Culture and Tourism
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DUBAI MEDIA CITY, UAE - Jan. 24, 2023 - PRLog -- Türkiye stands out as a sustainable travel due to the wealth and diversity of the country's regional cultures. The Button Houses are among the most interesting of the many beautiful traditional structures in Türkiye. These picturesque wood and stone houses are in Ormana Village, set at the foot of the Taurus Mountains in Antalya, the heart of the Turkish Riviera.

Ormana Village's Unique Traditional Structures

Drawing attention amid the vernacular architecture of Antalya, the Button Houses are among the most sustainable examples of local architecture found in Türkiye. Around three hundred Button Houses exist in and around Ormana Village. Featuring mixed construction with a wood-framed building system and stone masonry walls, the houses were erected without the use of masonry mortar. Timbers from the cedar and tar trees in the region form a wooden frame. The stones are held in place by the timbers and the timbers are stabilized by vertical pieces of cedar.

Today, some of the Button Houses have been restored as boutique hotels. During a visit to Ormana Village, you can stay in one of these authentic hotels to experience the unique local lifestyle.

Eco-Friendly Experiences

Ormana Village is a centre of attraction with its natural and historical beauties. Nature-friendly activities are abundant, including botanical tourism, wildlife observation and photo safaris while other activities in the region, such as trekking, hiking and caving, also allow tourism with a minimal carbon footprint. In September, Ormana hosts an annual grape festival to celebrate the village's çavuş (common) grapes.

Cultural and Ecological Heritage

Altınbeşik Cave
and Eynif Plain are some of the other natural treasures in and around the village. Altınbeşik Cave features the largest underground lake in Türkiye and the third-largest underground lake in the world, as well as striking travertine, stalactite and stalagmite formations. The Altınbeşik Cave National Park – the first and only cave national park in Türkiye – is known for its karst topography and lush pine forests. Adjacent to the Altınbeşik Cave National Park is the 90,000-decare Eynif Plain, located on the historical Silk Road route and now home to hundreds of wild horses that offer a breathtaking sight. On the Plain is the Seljuk-era Tol Inn (Tol Han), one of the several historical ruins in the vicinity. Another is the Erymna Ancient City, dating to the Roman era. An independent settlement that has never minted its own money, the ancient city's monolithic columns have been preserved, and the remains of a theatre.

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