art & culture
art & culture
ada-art is an art and culture project, founded on Marmara Island in Turkey in 1997. Mehmet Şenol, an architect and artist, and Christina Schray, a culture manager and performance artist, have created ada-art as a space for encounters of and dialogue between different cultural expressions. ada-art has hosted exhibitions and workshops on sculpture, painting, photography, dance, yoga, language and ecological architecture.
The project buildings include a 100 m2 hall situated within an olive grove. Its thick stone walls ensure that work shop participants feel comfortable even in the hot summer months. A further building is a guesthouse with direct access to the sea. Another building is a hut that was converted into a living space during an adobe construction workshop in the summer of 2014.
The project area is in a quiet bay near the village of Gündoğdu and offers guests space for creative work, rest and relaxation.
ada-art also welcomes groups from Europe or Turkey who want to rent the hall and guesthouse for their own projects.
The island takes its name from the Greek word for “shining stone”. The first settlement on the island dates back to Hellenic antiquity. The settlement, which connected with sea colonies in the area, was continued by the Turks in the 15th century. The majority of the island’s population was Greek Orthodox, and Greeks and Turks coexisted on the island for centuries. After the population exchange agreed upon in the Lausanne Treaty, the Greeks were forced to move to Greece. In their place came resettled Turks from Crete and other Turks from the Black Sea region.
With an area of 110 km2, Marmara Island is the largest in the Marmara sea. The highest point of the island, at 710 metres, is the İlyas Hill, also known as the Nato Hill. Marmara Island belongs to the municipality of Marmara Islands and there are five neighbourhoods, today known as Çınarlı, Gündoğdu, Asmalı, Topağaç and Saraylar.
The Çınarlı neighbourhood is well-known for its century-old plane trees. It also houses a little museum with archeological finds from the area. In the Asmalı and Gündoğdu neighbourhoods with their old Greek houses, the residents, who are predominantly from the Black Sea, make a living from tourism, olive groves, fishing and transportation.
The Topağaç neighbourhood is most suited to agriculture and provides the island with many of its vegetables.
The Saraylar neighbourhood on the northern part of the island is where traces of the marble quarries of antiquity can be found. The town has been famous for its marble since it became a colony of Prokonnessos Miletus in 844 BC; marble is still extracted today.
Prokonnessos marble was used in the construction of the famous Artemis Temple in Ephesus (4th century BC) and the palace of the Satrap of Halicarnassus, Mausolos. It was furthermore an important source of marble for the Roman Empire. In Ottoman times, the marble for mosques and palaces was also quarried here. There is an open air museum in Saraylar.
Because marble absorbs humidity, humidity is very low on the island.
How to get there
There are daily IDO sea catamarans coming to Marmara Island from Istanbul (Yenikapı or Bostancı). The journey takes 3 hours. There are three Gestaş ferries a day from Erdek and private ferries from Tekirdağ.
Exploring Marmara Island
Gündoğdu village and monastery walk (4-5 hours)
The remains of the old greek monastery are placed on a hill above Gündoğdu village. We will find our way through the olive gardens and follow the old path, made by the monks to come to their monastery. Arriving on the hill we will enjoy the beautiful view over the village, the neighbour islands and the mainland.
Next to the old walls of the monastery and surrounded by high Oaktrees we will have a picnic before we continue our walk down to Gündoğdu.
During our walk in the village we can find some old greek wooden houses and fountains and visit the teagarden having a glass of tea next to the sea.
Ilya mountain "Nato" walk (6-8 hours)
Our walk starts on one of the hills above Marmara. We will follow the old military way to the top of the Ilya mountain, which is also called "Nato" because its military base in the past. The mountain is with 700m the highest point of Marmara island.
On our way we have the chance to see free horses, sheep and goats while enjoying the open landscape and discovering the island from above.
Arriving on the top we will have the most beautiful round view over the neighbour islands and the mainland.
After our break on the windy hill surrounded by old military buildings we will continue our tour towards the valley , passing a goat farm and walking a footpath down to Marmara, where we will finish our day with a good dinner.
Our guesthouse provides accommodation for holiday guests as well as workshop participants.
There are 4 bedrooms with 3 beds each. On the ground floor of the guesthouse are a kitchen and a common area, which leads to the terrace and garden, which leads to the beach. Each room has a separate bathroom and the large rooms also have a separate terrace.
Breakfast will be served as open buffet. Our guests are welcome to use our open kitchen.
A separate holiday flat in the next building offers accommodation for up to six guests in two bedrooms, a living room with terrace, a kitchen and a bathroom.
During the season we offer kids to be creative with painting, adobe, stone painting etc.....
Room prices for the rooms in the guesthouse include breakfast.
The price for the holiday flat does not include any meals but breakfast is available on request.
Children up to 6 years stay for free, up to 12 years %50 discount in price.
Room 1: Apart room with terrace 340,- TL (3. person 120,-TL), incl. breakfast
Room 2, 3 and 4: Double room 280,- TL (3. person 120,-TL), incl. breakfast
Holiday flat for up to 6 persons 460,- TL
ada-art garden / kitchen
ada-art holiday flat
room 1 - apart room terrace
+90 (0)533 422 33 38
+49 (0)1525 322 18 54
ada-art marmara adası, gündoğdu mahallesi
+90 (0)533 422 33 38
+49 (0)1525 322 18 54
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