Camili Gorgit Nature Protection Area

The biggest natural old forest ecosystems within a wider area including both Asia and Europe can be observed in this region. All trees of this region are regarded as “monument tree”. It both has “biosphere reserve Area”. This area is a special gene protection area for “Caucasian Honey Bee”.

   This area is 45 km from Borçka centre and can be visited by minibuses or any automobile smaller than them.

Camili Biosphere Reserve
   Camili is located in one of the 25 ecological land areas under threat, which are selected by Conservation International, World Bank and Global Environment Fund. It is also a part of the “Karçal Mountains Vital Vegetation Area”, which is one of Turkey’s selected 112 vegetation areas. In addition, it is monitored by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in the scope of “Forests with a High Priority of Protection Project” in the Caucasian Ecological Region.
Camili Efeler Nature Protection Zone
It was declared as nature protection zone by the Ministry in 1998. Efeler Forest is the natural forest ecosystem not only of Turkey but also of the whole Europe. There is a biosphere reserve zone in it and it has got rich biological variety. Moreover, it is also a protection zone for the race of pure caucasian bee.
Borçka Yeniyol Quarter Mosque
   The mosque was planned as a square frame. It was constructed with wood and bricks. It has a hipped roof which is covered with tile. The mosque has a top balcony which serves as narthex and has seven stakes. “Cümle” door located on north side is used as the way of entering mosque. On the north of “mahfil”, “köşk” part appears in the middle.    Straight wooden ceiling has been reinforced by ten stakes. Stairs being in north-west corner serve as entrance to “mahfil” “Mihrap” and “Minber” have been restored. The internal side of the mosque has been restored. Mosque has 13 windows. Minaret which has been modernized stands on northeast corner. Some parts of the mosque have been made with wooden engraving.
Düzköy Village Mosque
It is located in Düzköy of Borçka. Although there is not an epigraph on it, it was built in 1850 according to the researches which was conducted later. The mosque which is in good condition today thanks to the small renovations is open for praying. There is a basement floor which used to serve as a medrese (a type of school) under the structure and the square-shaped mosque was built on it. Despite the plainness of the structure’s exterior, the minbar, the mihrab, the parapets, the ceiling and some other parts were decorated with botanical, realistic and geometrical motifs. This shows the contradiction between the interior and the exterior of the mosque. It needs a comprehensive restoration.
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