Providing support for the protection of region's history with "Respect to History Project" which it has been carrying out in Çanakkale Gallipoli Peninsula for 14 years, OPET has commenced its efforts in 2019 at Çıplak Village which is another location in Troya region, after having transformed Tevfikiye toan "Archaeo-Village" within the scope of 2018 Troya Year. Neighboring on Troya Museum, Çıplak Village has been transformed into an ethno-village.
What is an Ethno-Village?
The main axis of the works that are being conducted at Çıplak Village where Anatolia’s different historical and cultural layers are reflected consists of the concept “Ethno-Village” which is derived from the word “ethnography” as a science that studies man-made cultural artifacts. The project was designed so as to reflect the ethno-cultural heritage of Çıplak Village which incorporates elements, fabric and stories about all layers that represent the heritage of Anatolia. Çıplak Village has been enriched with content that reflects its historical and cultural profoundness. Troya and the birth of archaeology, The Ottoman Empire, the era of battles in early 20th century, and the ongoing works at Çıplak which is a village that bears the traces of the Republic were designed as a slice of Ottoman and Turkish history of Çanakkale. Within this arrangement, the relationship of the 17th century travelers and Schliemann and his successors with Çıplak Village beginning from 1870 and throughout Troya archaeological excavations which is deemed as the start of archaeology is highlighted. Narratives that are conceptualized under the title “living history” and focusing on farming culture were also featured. As a village where the traces of traditional agriculture can be found, a living space that conveys the history of the village to the visitors with authentic themes were designed in Çıplak.
What were Made in Çıplak Village by Opet?
- The Tomb of Çıplak Dede and the square with the historical fountain and the village coffee house have been rearranged in accordance with the concept. The history of Troya archaeological excavations, history of Çıplak village from the ottomans to the present day, and the traditional agricultural implementations in the village have been emphasized in the arrangement of the square.
- Stalls have been placed in the village square for the villagers to sell their products.
- Facades of the houses and the fences of the gardens have been painted, and landscape design works have been carried out in the entire village.
- Patterns and ornaments in accordance with the concept have been placed on the windows and walls of village houses.
- An abandoned village house has been designed as “Archaeology House” which reflects the history of Troya excavations, finds, and a story that develops with discoveries.
- The building next to the “Archaeology House” has been rearranged as “Local History House from Ottoman to Present Day”, and the history of agriculture as one of the richest ethnographical elements of Anatolia has been handled in the light of various finds and images from Çıplak and Troya regions.
- The building right behind the Local History House has been turned into a village boarding house.
- A “Local Product House” has been created at a place near the village square in accordance with the hygiene rules. It is planned to present local products to the visitors.
- The road starting from the village square and joining Troya Culture Route to lead to Troya Museum was arranged in accordance with the general fabric as “Archaeology Road”.
- The road starting from the entrance of Tevfikiye Village and leading to Çıplak Village square has been arranged as “Çıplak Road”. Informative panels that publicize the agricultural products and indigenous products and patterns were placed along the way, and the flowers and aesthetic elements that are to be placed on the roadsides shall give the road a brand new sight.
- The trekking road which starts from the village square and leads to Peyan Cemetery has been rearranged under the name “Peyan Road”.
- “Ethno-Village” entrance arches are being placed on both entrances to the village.
Personal Development of the People of the Region is Supported with Courses
Within the scope of the project, the people of the region are being trained at Çıplak Village Public Education Center in collaboration with the Directorate of Public Education with courses under the titles “Diction, Authentic Food Production, Protocol Rules (The Art of Hosting), History, English, Rural Tourism, Sanitation and Hygiene, Souvenir Production, Communication in Occupational and Social Life, Work Safety and Workers’ Health, Personal Development, and Sewing”.