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Report - Kayaköy 'Ghost Town' - Turkey - August 2013

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Will Knot, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Will Knot

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    'Ghost Town' - My last report for the site is from my recent holiday trip to Turkey. Whilst this was mainly a permission visit, as tourists are aloud in certain areas, the churches and original houses were ring fenced and off limits........mmmmmmmm :rolleyes:

    Enjoy.........:thumb

    Kayaköy is a village in southwestern Turkey where Anatolian Greek speaking Christians lived until approximately 1923. The ghost town, now preserved as a museum village, consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly intact Greek-style houses and churches which cover a small mountainside near Fethiye and nearby Ölüdeniz.

    Around 500 houses remain as ruins including two Greek Orthodox Churches, which remain the most important sights of the ghost town.

    Today Kayaköy village serves as a museum and is a historical monument, and are under the protection of the Turkish government, Kayaköy was adopted by the UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village.

    After the Greco-Turkish War, Kayaköy was largely abandoned after a population exchange agreement was signed by the Turkish and Greek governments in 1923. Many of the buildings were damaged in the 1957 Fethiye earthquake. Its population in 1900 was about 2,000, almost all Greek Christians; however, it is now empty.

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    Thanks for looking..........hope you enjoyed ;) Take care :rolleyes: Will Knot :thumb
     
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