Ekinci Beldesi (Aydi)

Antakya (Antioch)



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© Beytuturab/ Toprakev 2007


Ekinci Beldesi Atatürk Mahellesi
Ak Sokak No: 21

90 505 287 57 07

E-Mail : bilgi@toprakev.com

  Would you like to live with us?

Beytuturab, house made with mud+hay bricks, is a house with three rooms. 11 children were born and grown up whereas in one of rooms, cows and sheep were kept to feed these children. The walls of this house carry the blended smell of human beings, animals, smoke of the fire, (falat) cow shit, various meals of my mum and big sisters, mud and gas lamb. On the roof of the house and in the nests carved in the walls, pigeons used to wander around, feed their babies, and make love noisily.

The beginning of August is the time for the pomegranates to stretch their branches and flowers into the rooms through the windows. The rain drops on the tiles sounded like lullabies for the children sleeping beneath them. The rain on the roof kept even my parents silent, who were early to wake up and make noise. It was unusual and extraordinary for the kids to stay in bed silent but it was the power of rain on the tiles. The light coming through the tiles and the sudden thunderstorms frightened us especially during the night. However, we quickly noticed that we were so many people in the same room, which made the big fear disappeared at once. Only after a few moments of this terrible fear, brothers and sisters started to quarrel again and cry loudly.

Beytuturab is our home; the summary and the miracle of our lives. The miracle revivals once more. We are renovating this house and open its doors and its past to you. We want to share, learn and produce something with you. We invite you to live with us in this mud house with three rooms. Would you like?


What do we have to offer you here?

  • Living with a crowded family and neighbors. Talking to them and learning about their different lifestyles and past.
  • Learning how to cook or make delicious local food and eat them.
  • Listening memories from the past from the old people (the time of Hatay under the rule of France as a colony and as an independent country in the early 19 th century) and getting information about the old wedding ceremonies, the hard times and the famine.
  • Experiencing and learning the very old belief of Nusayri (Arab Allawis) culture; Arabic language, music, cuisine, natural beauties and different relationships.
  • Visiting sacred places of different religions and experiencing the harmony between them.
  • Watching the process of making Daphne soap, kuneffe (a kind of dessert) and pomegranate juice (sour).
  • Going trekking around the village in the lands ornamented with olive and fig trees.
  • Meeting new people under the same roof and learn a lot from each other.
  • Lots of precious moments and things you cannot imagine you would discover or experience somewhere else.

How to Get to Antakya?

Airplane: Istanbul-Antakya (Hatay) Turkish Airlines: Meet you at the airport.

Bus: Istanbul-Antakya (12 hours) Travel Agencies: Has Seyahat, Nur, Oztur, Jet: Meet you at the Bus Station


A Sample One-Day Programme

Morning trekking. The guide is my brother Sonay, a bit crazy. Following the paths out of the village, he leads you through two different neighbor villages. Keep in mind that if we are in the right season, you can pick up figs and grapes from the trees .