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"The Big House", Bornova, Turkey

In Bournabat (now Bornova), just NE of Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey.



The Big House, Bornova (now The Rektörlük).
See full size. From here.




"The Big House" was originally an 18th century convent (or "monastery").
Gertrude Bell in 1902 says the garden is "200 years old".
It was purchased by the European Whittall family in 1820.
Whittall family home for generations.
Charlton Whittall entertained King Otho of Greece there 1833.
He entertained the Ottoman Sultan there 1863.
It was later the residence of James Whittall.
Then of Herbert Whittall. Gertrude Bell visited him there 1902.
Herbert Whittall supported the Greeks. He entertained Prince Andrew of Greece there in 1921.
It was sold to Giraud family when Herbert Whittall fled Turkey 1922.
Norman Giraud living there in 1927 and 1932. It seems they had left by 1936.

The Big House is now the Rektörlük or Rektörlügü (the rectorate), the official headquarters of the Rektör, or Chancellor, of Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.
See [Kalcas, 1983].





Location of "The Big House" (the Rektörlügü).
Think the Rektörlügü is actually the red-roofed building N of the arrow.
The gate to the Steinbüchel House is at the roundabout to the NW of the Rektörlügü.
The house to the NE of the roundabout is the Steinbüchel House.
See Google Maps.



The Big House, c.1900.
From Levantine Heritage. Used with permission.



The Big House, c.1900.
From Levantine Heritage. Used with permission.



The Big House, Bornova.
From Levantine Heritage. Used with permission.



The Big House, Bornova (now The Rektörlük).
From here at wowturkey.com.



The Big House, Bornova (now The Rektörlük).
From here at wowturkey.com.



The Big House, Bornova.
From Levantine Heritage. Used with permission.



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