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An Ottoman Town, Birgi

images 3Birgi which still keeps its characteristics of being an ottoman town is located about 110 km away from Izmir. Recent years more and more tourists have been aware of the existence of this typical ottoman-styled town and now many travel companies have put this lovely place into their Turkey Tour programmes.

The history of the town having a population of 3000 dates back to 2000 BC. Through history it lived the periods of Frigians, Persians, the Kingdom of Pergamon, Rome, Byzantium, Dynasty of Aydınogulları "Aydınids" or Aydin Beylik and finally the Ottoman Empire. In the 7th century BC the town was named as Dios Hieron meaning "the city of Zeus". That's why for a long time the researchers have searched for a big temple dedicated to Zeus in the region. When christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in 395 AD, with the purpose of destroying all signs of paganism, the name of the town was also changed into Christopolis meaning "the city of Christ". During the Byzantine period the name of the town was called Prygian, a Greek word meaning "Fortress". And this was the name where today's name was derived from.

Sirince - A Pleasant Village Near Ephesus

IMG 3093Sirince Village is one of the rising stars of Turkish tourism. It is an old Orthodox-Greek village located 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi. In historical sources it was mentioned as " Ephesus on the mountain" or " Old Ephesus". The reason why these names were given for the village was that when Ephesus was silted up by the alluvial deposits of the Caystros River, the people of the city were escaping to this small settlement to escape from mosquitos in the hot summer days. Historical records mention that the village has been populated from the 5th century AD and up to the beginning of the 20th century it was an important Greek-Orthodox town with two churches named as St John the Baptist and St Dimitrious as well as fourty monasteries. 

The famous Greek and Ottoman typed houses date back to the 19th century. It is believed that all these houses were built among the hills to be in safe from the attacks of the pirates. 

Bafa Lake - A Hidden Treasure in Aegean

trrekking-on-ancient-city-walls“According to the legend Endymion, the legendary shepherd boy, was asleep on Mount Latmos when Selene, the eternally beautiful goddess of the moon, fell in love with him. After that myth relates Endymion slept forever and Selene (also called Diana) got to come down and slept with him everynight. It seems that every full moon night, Selene comes to Bafa Lake looking at herself reflected in the waters to take care of her hairs”

In Turkey there are so many places related to the legends and Bafa Lake is only one of them and may be one of the less-known among the others.

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