Tavakli mosque might look just like any other mosque to a visitor passing through but this is the centre of the community and it is very well looked after and revered by the citizens of Tavakli village.
Tavakli mosque welcomes all visitors. Please take the time to visit the mosque for prayer or to look around. Visiting a mosque is a learning experience and followers of Islam welcome tourists to the mosque.
Please observe simple rules of etiquette when visiting so as not to cause offence. The most important thing is to leave your shoes in the area provided before you enter the mosque and to act as you would in any house of God. Avoid talking loudly, turn off your mobile phone and do not take food or drink inside the mosque. Most of the rules are common sense.
Basically, dress appropriately and make sure your legs are covered and that you are respectful of your surroundings. If in doubt ask and someone will happily escort you around and put you right if you make any mistakes.
May Allah be with you at every step you take,
May Allah guide you in each decision you make,
May Allah help you when life gets rough,
May Allah Bless you with more than enough,
May Allah protect you when you fall,
May Allah hear you when you call,
May Allah sooth your heart when you don’t understand,
May you always be in Allah’s loving Hand.. Ameen
This is a magnificent old building and basically a sound structure but the roof is in a poor state and needs attention. With a new roof and some windows, a lick of paint and a bit of effort, this could be an amazing community centre and a good playground for the children of the village.
Sadly there are not enough funds to pay for the work needed but if you know anyone who could help please contact our village leader ( Muhtar ) Mr Ender Şengül on 0542 6700591 who will direct you to the right department.
Prior to the late 1980’s agricultural carts of this nature could be found in villages and towns across Turkey. Many of these carts are over 50 years old. There are not so many around today. In Tavakli village one such example of a cart in very good condition is Auntie Hanife’s.
Look at the detail on the side of the cart. You can tell it has been well looked after and kept out of the rain and bad weather. Such carts are hard to find these days. It is a pity that there is no special place to display the cart in the centre of the village where people could view and admire its beauty.
Sapmaz Olive Oil Factory in Tavakli is a family run business employing around 10 workers. During the harvesting season it works 24/7 from November through to March processing the olives and manufacturing fine quality olive oil for which this region is famous.
In the two video clips shown here young Mehmet takes us on a tour of his father’s factory and explains how all the machinery works. Can you believe that Mehmet is just 10 years old! Thank you for such a professional tour of the factory Mehmet.
It has been a long hot summer in Tavakli and everyone is waiting for rain to ensure a good olive crop. Meanwhile daily life continues with everyone looking after the livestock and making preparations for winter.
The goats have spent most of the day out on the hills and now they are back safely locked up for the night. They are playful creatures with very individual characters and they can be quite mischievous at times.
The end of the summer season sees the reservoirs becoming a little low. This is a photo of Alemsah reservoir which is very near to Tavakli village. We need more rain now to top up the water levels and to ensure a good olive crop.
We are now back to three olive factories in the village. This one which closed for a time is now being rebuilt with new machinery and accommodation for the workers. It will be finished soon as it needs to be open for this years olive crop. The olive picking will start in October and run through until February / March time.
The view below is of Sakar Mountain which provides a magnificent backdrop between the village and the sea. Taken at this time of the year when the surrounding soil is dry it looks like something out of a cowboy western film.
One of the best vantage points in the village for an all round panoramic view is the Trafo building ( electric sub station building ). However, an equally good vantage point is the one shown here where an old Ottoman gravestone marks the spot where a popular young man from the village was buried overlooking the sea.
He was admired by the village women who all wanted to marry him for his handsome good looks but he died tragically without finding a suitable partner. His grave is looked after to this day.
You can see more photos of Tavakli village by clicking here.
Also Tavakli Iskeli photos can be found here.
Everything is much greener in May. The weather, whilst still sunny for the main part, can also be unpredictable with sudden storms and wind and rain. Everywhere is quiet and the roads are a pleasure to drive along. The village looks its best at this time of year and there is a leisurely atmosphere and an air of contentment that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Food is never scarce in a village like Tavakli. Everything from vegetables to milk, butter to soap is always in abundance in this village community. There is a small bakkal ( shop ) in the village but since everyone grows their own produce you won’t find many vegetables or meat products on offer. The local bakkal provides for those manufactured goods or items that you might be hard pressed to make at home.
A typical breakfast here might consist of olives, home made bread, various vegetables, goats cheese, jams, egg and plenty of tea. The food tastes far better than anything you are likely to pick up at the supermarket and it is all home grown too.
On the way up to the main village viewpoint even the cows were sleepy and relaxed. There are some breathtaking views of the coast just 5 minutes walk from where we live.
This is a view of the main centre of the village. There are two main shops, a barber and two tea houses. A regular minibus service runs through the nearby villages on a regular route to the main town of Ezine.
We stopped in Tavakli for 10 days this time and will be back in September at the end of the summer season. Everywhere will still be greener than most places in Turkey since the season is a little shorter here and without the intense heat that you get in the med.
Olive oil is produced in the Aegean region and commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, soaps and pharmaceuticals. All over the Mediterranean you can see olive groves and whilst it is not clear where olive trees were first domesticated it is common knowledge that the wild olive tree originated from Turkey.
Olive trees can live for over a thousand years. They are hardy evergreens and a mature olive tree of about 3 to 4 metres in height can produce up to 40kg per year. It will produce good olives for at least 100 years.
There are many varieties of olive tree and olives start off green and turn black when they ripen. Harvest time determines the colour of the olive.
In Tavakli village ( Tavakli koyu ) there are four olive production factories. This is an important commodity for this region of Turkey and Ezine District produces some of the finest olives and olive oil in the country.