At a distance of a few kilometres away from the south bank
of Lake Iznik, there are several villages, arrayed
The villages have been watching the lake for centuries,
their backs against the foothills of the mountains.
The breathe in the scent of the lake between linden
trees, poplars, chestnut trees and olive groves.
They live in perfect harmony with nature on the
foothills of Katirli Mountain. In contrast to the
shore dwellers of nowadays, they put a certain distance
between themselves and Lake Iznik. They have left
the most fertile earth and the virgin shores of
the lake to settlers of the present day. It seems
as if they are concealing themselves under a green
cover. They are very nearby, but it is as though
they have been very distant for many years. In the
villages of Karsak, Gemiç and Gürle streams murmur,
springs gush out the earth, falcons and hawks fly
in the sky and the traces of past centuries can
be discerned in the streets.