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Şirince - Kirkindzes - Turkey

Up in the hills at about 9 km east of Selçuk amid grapevines and orchards sits the old Greek village of Kirkindzes (Κιρκιντζές). The village became settled when inhabitants of nearby Ephesus fled to the mountains for refuge in the 15th century. During the exchange of populations in 1924 after the Greek-Turkish War, the original Greek inhabitants of Kirkindzes left and the present villagers moved here from the vicinity of Salonica (Thessaloniki). Subsequently, the village name was Turkified into Şirince, which means pleasant

Kirkindzes - Şirince is the setting of the bestseller Farewell Anatolia (original title Ματωμένα Χώματα) by Dido Sotiriou. In this novel, she describes the dramatic events of the years 1922-1924 and their traumatic impact on the life of simple villagers.

Present-day Şirince offers you fresh air, old Greek houses and an atmosphere of repose and relaxation. Unfortunately, in recent years tour buses have it included in their circuit with the result that much of its authenticity has been replaced by souvenir shops.


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