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Sirince is a historical village, a must see destination in Turkey



Sirince is a beautiful hill town only 7 km (4.4 miles) east of Selšuk, near Ephesus, in the Aegean hinterland south of Izmir. It’s famous for its wine.

The story goes that it was formerly inhabited by Ottoman Greeks and named Kirkinca (“Forty-ish”), which the locals pronounced ăirkince, which means “sort of ugly” (which it certainly is not).

After the exchange of populations following World War I, Turks from Greece were moved here. They changed the name to Sirince (shee-REEN-jeh, “sort of sweet, charming”).

Some say the Orthodox Christian Greeks who lived here formerly were famed for the excellence of their wine. Others say the Muslim Turks who moved here pretty much started the wine trade, but in any case production has been continued (or re-started), and you can taste the results and judge for yourself when you visit. They sell red, white and rose, dry and sweet.

I must admit that I have not been charmed by them, but it’s an experience. Continue reading

Şirince’de Bir İstanbullu

Tarihteki adı KİRKİCE ya da KİRKİNCE. İstiklal Savaşından sonra Kavala ve Müştiyan’dan mübadil tütün çiftçileri Türkler suyu, havası, evleri, yolları, doğal yapısı, bağları ve meyve bahçeleri, zeytinlikleri, çam ormanları ile gerçekten çok şirin olan ama tütün yetişmeyen KİRKİNCE’ye? yerleştiriliyor. Gelenler köyün ismini zamanla ÇİRKİNCE olarak değişiyor. Nedenini araştırdım. Continue reading


This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince (“ugly”). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Continue reading