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An Ancient Greek Orthodox village

Sirince once was a Greek Orthodox village, 7 Miles away from Ancient city of Ephesus (current Selcuk town) and 20 miles away from Kusadasi. Sirince was once called Cirkince (ugly). The name is especially chosen to dis-attract people to move to the village.

First foundation of the village dates back to 1st century. Early Christians of Ephesus escaped to the village to be protected from prosecutors. The village stayed as a Greek Ortodox Village until the exchange agreement between Rupublic of Turkey and Greece in 1924. During this exchange Greeks living in Turkey were exchanged with Turks living in Greece. This was a forced migration both sides at the post war period of WW1. Turkish families from mainly from Kavala region moved to the area. Greek families who moved from the village founded a new town named as “Nea Efesos” (Νέα Έφεσος)

The official name change of the village was in the early years of the Republic of Turkey. Name of the village changed from Cirkince to Sirince. Until 20 years ago, the main industry of the village was agriculture. Because of its unique historical background and beauty; the village name was mentioned many times in novels and travel shows and documentaries. Sirince Village today is a very touristy site.

Today the main industry is tourism. A lot of village homeowners, converted their homes into restaurants, hotels and shops. Sirince Village, today is known with olives and peaches grown in July and fruit wines. Fruit wines are seed wines, more like desert wine. The most popular fruit wine from Sirince is black mulberry.

Visitors can also find lots of herbal products such as lavender teas, sage, bay leaves, olive oil soap bars, and olive oil lotions. Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture. Visitors may enjoy taking pictures of old Greek homes. Most of them today are being restored and turned into small hotels. There is an abandoned Greek Orthodox Church from 19th century.

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