Top Choice Historic Site in Ayvalık

Old Town

Ayvalık’s old town is a joy to explore. A maze of cobbled streets east of the liman, it is full of market squares, atmospheric cafes, Greek Orthodox churches and pretty stone houses built by Greek residents during t…
Church in Ayvalık

Taksiyarhis Memorial Museum

This erstwhile Greek Orthodox cathedral, built in 1844 but never used as a place of worship, was completely renovated in 2013 and positively shimmers in the noonday sun. Note the catedra (bishop’s seat) decorated wi…
Mosque in Ayvalık

Çınarlı Cami

Built in 1790 as the Greek Orthodox church of Ayios Yorgis and converted to a mosque in 1923, this lovely building has three naves and three apses and retains the soaring stone iconostasis that once separated the na…
Market in Ayvalık

Köy Pazarı

On Thursdays, a 'village market' is held in this square next to the main pazar yeri (marketplace), which is also filled with market stalls.
Ruins in Ayvalık

Broken Chimney

The tapering brick chimneys that are scattered throughout the old Greek quarter are remnants of the olive-oil factories that once operated here. These days, the oil is processed in factories on the town's outskirts.
Ruins in Ayvalık

Broken Chimney

Broken brick chimneys like this one are scattered throughout the old Greek quarter, all that remains of the olive-oil factories that have now relocated to the outskirts of town.
Mosque in Ayvalık

Saatlı Camii

Originally built as the Ayios Yannis Kilise, this imposing stone building with its ugly freestanding minaret was converted into the Saatli Cami in 1923.
Monument in Ayvalık

Atatürk Statue

As is the case in almost every town in this region, there is a statue of the great man in the main square.
Market in Ayvalık

Pazar Yeri

This square in the Old Town hosts a popular street market on Thursdays.