The foundation of Dumlupınar Neighborhood, known as the oldest neighborhood of Buca in its history, started with the fact that the rich Levantine families of Izmir built their mansions in this area with the desire to spend cooler summer months. In general, there are dozens of registered buildings in the neighborhood where there are two-story Levantine houses. It is still possible to see someone living in buildings dating back to the end of the 1800s in this neighborhood, is still located in the center of Buca today.
With the partial shift of the trade center and the capitulation granted to non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire, many families from Europe settled in the country to take part in trade in the new world order. There are some of them that grew rich in a short time with their commercial businesses based in Izmir.
They experienced such a rapid enrichment that most families built mansions and vineyards in Buca, especially in Dumlupınar Neighborhood. Buca Dumlupınar Neighborhood has suddenly turned into a neighborhood where the wealthiest families of not only Izmir but also the country live. Some of these families are; The Rees, Forbes, Aliotti, Barff, De Jongh, Aliotti and Aliberti Families are one of only a few families living in and near Dumlupınar Neighborhood.
Levantine families from Buca have added value to Buca by transforming and beautifying their places with this rapid enrichment. Today, it is possible to see the traces of families both in Buca and Dumlupınar Neighborhood with the mansions, gardens they built, qualified structures that require fine workmanship and horse races. So much so that the legend of the Şirinyer-Buca railway, and especially the 5:18 Train, built by the Rees and Forbes Families with their own efforts, is still being talked about today.
Buca Dumlupınar Neighborhood mostly has Buca Houses consisting of two floors and a garden of typical middle-income Levantine families. Buca House is not only one of the housing types in Buca, but also one of the most common places is the Dumlupınar Neighborhood. In the Dumlupınar Neighborhood of Buca, there are dozens of registered and historical buildings; the oldest bazaar of Buca, Yanıkkahveler, continues to be the meeting point of Buca people today.
Previously, the neighborhood called Yanıkkahveler was called Dumlupınar Neighborhood because of the coffees that were damaged greatly in the fire. Later, it was named Dumlupınar Neighborhood. During the exchange period, an exemplary story of transformation is taking place in the Buca Dumlupınar Neighborhood, where Thessaloniki Exchangers mainly settled. Along with the individual restoration of dormant houses, Dumlupınar Neighborhood is gradually returning to its glorious days, which are considered to have risen again and become its rightful position and remained in the past. Together with the Buca Municipality’s Street Sanitation project, historical and registered buildings will be preserved and returned to the attraction center again.
It can be said that with the prohibition of vehicle entrances and pedestrianization of some of its streets by the Municipality of Buca, it has become normal to see many people sitting on the streets and even on the sidewalks and socializing by consuming their food and drink. You need to spend at least half a day to visit Dumlupınar Neighborhood and take photos while you are visiting.
Dumlupınar Neighborhood Sights
- Hacı Davut Fargoh Mansion
- Boudja Gastro Pub
- DOM Church (You may need to make an appointment for the visit in advance)
- Muradiye Mosque
- Baltazzi Mansion
- Barış Manço Art Street
- Kızıl Deli Wine House
- Manoli Hotel
- Russo Mansion
- Çorbacılar Street
- Dutlu Street
- Buca Tostçusu
- Kunduracı Salih Usta
Where is Dumlupınar Neighborhood? 📍
How to get to Dumlupınar Neighborhood? 🚖
🚌Bus: It can be reached to Buca Dumlupınar Neighborhood after a 1-minute walk by getting off at the Dokuz Eylül University Education Faculty bus stop numbered 40035 with the ESHOT buses numbered 104,304,470,476,490,515,676,805 and 940.