The Mysterious Cypress Trees Of Büyükada – OpEd


In the unique nature of Büyükada, a garden located just above Kadıyoran Hill (Hristos Slope) crosswise from the Stone School (Taşmektep), once harbored three large cypress trees that had gradually fallen into obscurity. These cypress trees seemed to bear witness to the island’s history and stories through their natural beauty. However, these trees are not only remembered for their natural allure but also for the tragic events that unfolded around them.

The homeowners, citing obstruction of sea views, decided to cut down these valuable trees. Unfortunately, this decision brought unexpected tragedies to the family. Shortly after the first cypress was felled, a young member of the family unexpectedly lost his life. Following this incident, the second cypress was cut down, and sadly, another family member passed away shortly thereafter.

In the aftermath of these heartbreaking events, the family, fearing the wrath or perhaps vengeance of the cypress trees, refrained from touching the third one. This third cypress tree stood for years but began to show signs of age and dryness over time. Currently, it appears fragile, with reinforced support walls around it, yet seemingly abandoned to its fate.

Büyükada’s enigmatic cypress trees are not just a testament to natural beauty but also witnesses to numerous tales and tragic events. Hopefully, these monumental trees will be preserved, safeguarding the natural beauty and history of the island for future generations.

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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