Turkey Abandoned Village of Kayaköy

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Wayne & Lyn Liebelt

About this spot
There is something overwhelming about visiting the deserted ruins of this once-bustling village nestled against the Taurus Mountains - the whole village has a special feel to it. Up until the 1920s, Kayaköy had a thriving mixed population of Greeks and Turks who had lived together for centuries. The 1923 Population Exchange changed all of that, uprooting ethnic Greeks across Turkey and sending them to live in Greece and making ethnic Turks who lived in Greece abandon their lives there. The exchange created heartbreak and much trauma among those who were made to leave, and the somber results of this are no better seen than in Kayaköy.

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Wayne & Lyn Liebelt

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