An Ottoman Era Town in the Balkans: The Case Study of Kavala, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

An Ottoman Era Town in the Balkans

The Case Study of Kavala, 1st Edition

By Velika Ivkovska


240 pages

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Hardback: 9780367260187
pub: 2020-08-10
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An Ottoman Era Town in the Balkans presents the town of Kavala in northern Greece as an example of Ottoman urban and residential development, covering the long period of Kavala’s expansion over five centuries under Ottoman rule. Kavala was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1387 to 1912. In the middle of the sixteenth century, Ibrahim Pasha, Grand Vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent, contributed to the town's prosperity and growth by the construction of an aqueduct. The Ottomans also rebuilt and extended the existing Byzantine fortress.

The bookuncovers new findings about Kavala, and addresses the key question: is there an authentic ‘Ottoman’ built environment that the town and its architecture share? Through the examination of travellers’ accounts, historical maps and archival documents, the Ottoman influences on the urban settlement of Kavala are assessed. From its original founding by the Ottomans in the late fourteenth century to the nineteenth century when the expansion of tobacco production in the area transformed its prosperity, the development of Kavala as an Ottoman era town is explored.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students interested in Ottoman history and urban history.

Table of Contents


1. Formation of Ottoman Era Towns in the Balkans

2. History and Urban Development of Kavala




About the Author

Velika Ivkovska was born in Skopje, then SFR Yugoslavia. She is a trained engineer architect and an academician. She completed her doctoral studies at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and is currently an Assistant Professor at Bahcesehir University, Turkey. As a member of ICOMOS Macedonia, she actively participates in conferences and seminars concerning the building heritage and its protection and preservation. She has published widely on the architectural, vernacular and urban environments.  

About the Series

Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies

Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies is devoted to the history, culture and archaeology of the Byzantine and Ottoman worlds of the East Mediterranean region from the fifth to the twentieth century. It provides a forum for the publication of research completed by scholars from the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, and those with similar research interests from around the world.

For further information about the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / Turkey & Ottoman Empire