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Abandoned Tuesday: Town of Kayakoy

General — By Rachel Greenberg on June 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Kayakoy may look like it has been deserted for centuries, but the once bustling town was home to some 20,000 residents in the early 20th century. Kayakoy was a traditional Greek Orthodox community situated in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey, and its residents lived harmoniously with their Turkish neighbors since the 13th century. Sadly all that changed in the 1920s.

With the fallout of of WWI, the Greco-Turkish War erupted and a forcible population exchange between Greece and Turkey took place. Greek Orthodox citizens of Turkey were “traded” for Turkish Muslim residents of Greece, uprooting entire villages and communities and leaving Kayakoy a ghost town.

With its citizens deported to Greece, Kayakoy decayed quickly. Now thousands of roof-less houses and two Churches remain. The city has been named a World Friendship and Peace Village by UNESCO, and is open to visitors.

Image: pavelrybin/Flickr

Image: Chris. P/Flickr

Image: pavelrybin/Flickr

Image: pavelrybin/Flickr

Image: Chris. P/Flickr

 

Tags: Abandoned Tuesday, Greece, Kayakoy, Turkey

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