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May 23 2022


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The architecture and townscape seen through the eyes of the traveller’s and Archival Accounts

The 101 introductory lesson is titled “The architecture and townscape seen through the eyes of the traveller’s and Archival Accounts”, a creative speech by the Rev. Prof. Velika Ivkovska of the International Balkan University of Skopje, which will examine the urban development of Kavala and its architecture during the Ottoman era. This event will take place on May 23 at 19.30 in the Great Club Hall.





The small town of Kavala placed at the geostrategic point on the Via Ignatia and the North Aegean Sea played an important role as defensive and trading port town in Ottoman times. The town inherited the unclear location of the Byzantine Christoupolis of which we have very little traces and its development by the shores in Ottoman times shaped the built environment and the surrounding landscape. Dependent on the sea and the trade routes Kavala preserved a continuity throughout the centuries under the Ottomans growing into an astonishing multiethnic and multi confessional town. Its port in the early years after the Ottoman conquest used for defensive galleys of the stretch between the island of Thasos and the mainland against pirate raids later grew to be one of the greatest tobacco trading ports on the shores of the Aegean together with the city of Thessaloniki.

During its continuous live under the Ottomans the town grew from a village with less than 100 households into a town with its separate neighborhoods and shrines.  Many travelers passed by and spent time in the city. Their accounts and their artwork leave remarkable evidence of the town’s splendor. It is from their accounts and supported with existing archival documents that we follow the urban and the architectural development of the town, from its first nucleus by the shores of the sea to the neighborhoods that later develop all over the peninsula and beyond. These accounts add to the richness of not only the material, stylistic and urban narratives but also to the intangible “lifestyle” narratives.




Velika Ivkovska is an engineer architect and an assistant professor at International Balkan University (IBU) Skopje. She holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering and Architecture from the University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” and Master of Science degree from the University American College Skopje, Faculty of Architecture and Design focusing on the Building Heritage.  She completed her PhD thesis at Istanbul Technical University between 2014 and 2018 at the Faculty of Architecture, the Department of History of Architecture.

She is an active participant in conferences and seminars related to the history of architecture. The fields of interests cover the area of the Ottoman and vernacular architecture as well as the field of the Byzantine Architecture, Modern architecture, and the History of Garden Design.

As an active member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites ICOMOS, EAUH, AISU and People in Motion work groups her work an research is focused on the built heritage, its protection and its preservation. She is publishing widely on the architectural, vernacular, and urban environments.


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