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Kayakoy, Turkey

Turkey's Ghost Town


In 1923 the Greeks living in Kayakoy, Turkey departed after a population exchange between the Greek and Turkish governments was mandated, leaving it an abandoned village. Some two million families, Greek Christians and Turkish Moslems alike, were uprooted from the homes and the country they had lived in, many for generations.

Today some 500 original homes remain in Kayakoy, all now in ruins.

Except for a small restaurant, a few elderly Turkish returnees, and sidewalk vendors, Kayakoy is a ghost town today. Nonetheless, untended flowers and pomegranates continue to bloom in the near-tropical environment.

if you would like to visit Kayakoy, Turkey, the nearest city is Fethiye and the largest nearby airport is in Antalya, a major beach resort and large city.

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Hillside HomesRoadside VendorHardscrabble LifeOld Woman
PomegranatesEmpty HousesKayakoy MountaintopFresh Bread
Flowers Among the RuinsRestaurant ViewKayakoy SpecialtyCooking in Kayakoy
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