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A beautiful drive from Kayseri, past the deep blue waters of the Aegean sea, vineyards and orchards took us to the elevated heights of Şirince. Nestling high in the inland hills among wild orchards and rolling groves, Şirince is a scenic little village dotted with a dollhouse collection of stone and stucco houses. The area was probably settled when Ephesus was abandoned, but what we see today mostly dates from the 19th century

Old maps show the village’s name variously as Kyrkindje, Kirkindsche, Kirkidje, Kirkica, Kirkinca—which may date from these monastic settlements—but the village’s more well-known name before Sirince was actually Çirkince. The origin of this name is not known for certain, but it is rumoured that that a group of freed Greek slaves who moved here in the 15th century called the village Çirkince (Ugliness) to deter others from following and to conceal the village’s existence and attractiveness from people who lived in the valley below. This name remained unchanged until 1926 when the Governor of Izmir declared the name would henceforth be 'Sirince' or Beautiful place. Though the beauty of the village remained the same, the transformation of its name was now complete & justifiably so :-)

Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture as of the 1920's. The typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have a local layout inside.

I took this picture in the early hours of the morning sitting in a terrace and sipping a nice strong Turkish Coffee. In the left of the frame, looming amidst the typically Greek design houses, you can see the back side of the nicely restored Greek Orthodox St. John Baptist church.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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