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A ghost town in Turkey

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Kayaköy
Inserted: 20.11.2022
Author: Milada Vajglová © gigaplaces.com
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Kayaköy – the most dramatic and moving place on the Turkish coast that speaks of human suffering. It is located in southern Turkey by the Aegean Riviera. It is a medieval ghost town that it turned into after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey as a result of the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922. Kayaköy was built in the Greek style on a steep slope. Today, the site is a museum village, consisting of hundreds of neglected but still mostly standing Greek houses and churches that cover a small hillside.

Stalls in Kayaköy

When we enter the inhabited village of Kayaköy, we are attracted by a few stalls with local residents' products.

Stalls in Kayaköy
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Path between houses

We made our way straight up, between the dilapidated houses.

Path between houses
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The way to the church

Our path led to a small church with a Turkish flag on the very top.

The way to the church
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Sea views

There is a beautiful view of the sea from the church.

Sea views
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Kayaköy view

On the other side of the church, we can see the whole ghost town of Kayaköy

Kayaköy view
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Abandoned houses

Kayaköy is a relatively large abandoned town with a very sad past. It is very photogenic.

Abandoned houses
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Church

Central Church in Kayaköy. With a little imagination we can picture the church and the village in happier times.

Church
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How to get here

From Fethiye, Ölüdeniz and Hisaronu dolmus minibuses run to Kayakoy every 30–60 minutes. It takes 45 minutes from the bus station in Fethiye via Ovacik and Hisaronu. Look for the minibus that has a sign outside the front window that says „Kaya Village“.

How to get here
Author: Milada Vajglová © gigaplaces.com

Kayaköy

The place is fascinating, although with a very sad history indeed. Before visiting this place, I recommend reading its full story. There is a lot to find on the internet.

Kayaköy
Author: Milada Vajglová © gigaplaces.com
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