Integrating the rum churches in Samsun into daily life /

Aydan, Melda
IAfter the compulsory population exchange between Greece and Turkey had occurred as required by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, many Rum churches have fallen into disuse. Despite the fact that most of this heritage are registered and therefore under the protection of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as they are important as they reflect the mosaic of cultures, there is a problem with the integration of these churches with everyday life and local people. The main purpose of this thesis is to propose an integration project for the Rum churches in Tekkeköy District of Samsun. Some of the churches were previously converted to mosques or other functions and then abandoned, and some of them were neglected and even damaged. For this purpose, the studies were carried out by documenting the Rum churches that have registration sheets in the archive of the Cultural and Heritage Conservation Board of Samsun. The buildings were documented by using information sheets with photographs, drawings, and informative descriptions after the site survey. In order to support the documentation of the buildings, historical information of Samsun including the population exchange and architectural characteristics of Rum churches that belong to the 19th century have been studied. General principles were generated for the integration project proposal by combining the literature search and the documentation of the buildings. After stating the current situation, by determining other registered cultural elements and documenting the situation of the Rum churches, general approach and the strategy for implementations have been revealed. The integration project proposal, which aims to reconcile the local people with the buildings, was prepared for these dilapidated Rum churches according to these general principles.
Citation Formats
M. Aydan, “Integrating the rum churches in Samsun into daily life /,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2016.