History of the Sirince Village
Sirince Village is a tourist village in the Selcuk district of İzmir. Some of the people living in the ancient city of Ephesus came to this region in the 15th century and established Sirince Village. Unfortunately, there is no structure from the 15th century in Sirince Village. The oldest buildings in Sirince Village date back to the 19th century. Greeks lived in Şirince Village until the population exchange in 1924, thus it is also known as Sirince Greek Village, even though Turks live here now. The Greeks loved Sirince Village very much, which they named the village meaning ugly because they did not want anyone to discover this village. After the exchange in 1924, the Governor of İzmir changed this beautiful village to Sirince. Another story related to the name of Şirince village dates back to ancient times. The name Kırkınca (meaning fortyish) is another old name of Şirince Village, which comes from the forty people living in the region of Şirince village.
Şirince Village became world-famous in 2012. If you remember, in 2012, there was a significant phenomenon, the Mayan prophecy. According to the Mayan prophecy, the apocalypse would break on December 21, 2012, and only people in the village of Sirince in Izmir and Bugarach in the south of France would continue to live. After this information, people from all over the world knew Sirince Village, a small town. Of course, the apocalypse did not happen on December 21, 2012, as expected, but many tourists visited Sirince Village to avoid the apocalypse. Tourists did not visit Sirince village only on December 21. With an increasing interest after December 21, more people came to visit Şirince Village. You can understand from this information that people discover and love Şirince Village. If you come to Şirince village, you will want to see it a few more times.
Famous Sirince Wines and Foods
Şirince is a vibrant village in terms of agricultural products. Since Şirince village has a wide variety of fruits, developed wine culture is prevalent in Şirince village. People usually know about grape wine, but you can find more than grape wine in Sirince Village. In Şirince village, you can find wines of fruits such as kiwi, black mulberry, melon, strawberry, banana, peach, and apple. Therefore, if you are a wine lover or someone who likes to try different flavors, you should visit Şirince Village. Since Şirince is a wine village, there are cellars of wine producers. You can see these cellars and experience wine tasting in the basement. Many companies offer free tasting of these different wines.
Along with the wine culture, you can find very delicious natural products in Şirince Village. Şirince Village is also home to famous traditional Aegean breakfasts. After having an Aegean breakfast in Şirince Village, you probably won’t get hungry until the evening. The traditional Aegean breakfast includes rich foods grown in the Aegean region. Therefore, mixed olives, natural olive oil, delicious and healthy herbs are part of the Aegean breakfast. Herbs that accompany breakfast are usually parsley and rosemary. In addition to these, organic eggs and various cheeses made from fresh milk are part of Aegean breakfast. Black brewed tea, the indispensable beverage of Turkish breakfasts, is also available in the Aegean breakfast. Finally, people eat homemade flatbread in the Aegean breakfast. In short, all products in the Aegean breakfast are natural and homemade. If you think you will still miss Şirince village’s flavors after visiting Şirince Village, you can buy more of these natural products and take them home.
Famous Places of Sirince Greek Village
Although Şirince village is a small place, there are many places to visit in the town. First of all, after you step into Şirince village, the village’s unique sidewalks and streets take you on a historical journey. The most famous historical place of Şirince village is St. John the Baptist Church. You can experience wine tasting right now at St John the Baptist Church. Another favorite spot in Şirince village is Nesin Mathematics Village. In Nesin Mathematics Village, children who do not like mathematics fondly learn mathematics and learn about their responsibilities. You should see the rock tombs with the most beautiful scenery in Şirince Village. You can easily watch the whole Sirince Village from this location.
As there are many important places in Şirince Village, there are many places to visit around Şirince Village. The most essential of these is the old town of Ephesus. It is one of our rare archaeological values on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The old city of Ephesus is an ancient Roman town that still preserves its glory. You can see the world-famous Celsus library and the magnificent old theater in the ancient city of Ephesus. Many tourists come to Sirince Village to visit the ancient theater of Ephesus’s ancient town and the world-famous Celsus library. After visiting the ancient city of Ephesus, you can also see the Artemis temple. In addition to the old buildings, you can see the Virgin Mary’s house, which is significant for Christianity, in Selçuk. Virgin Mary came to İzmir a few years after the death of Jesus and spent the last days of her life here. Due to this religious reason, many tourists still come to Izmir to see this house.
How To Go To Şirince Greek Village?
You can reach Şirince Village with 5 Turkish Liras via minibusses departing from Selçuk city center. To get to Selçuk city center, you can use Izban, the standard public vehicle of Izmir. If you came to Izmir by plane, there is an Izban station at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. You can easily reach the Selçuk city center by taking the trains going towards Selçuk. By renting a car directly from the Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, you can get around Izmir. If you come to Izmir by bus, minibusses departing from Izmir bus station take you to Selcuk City center with 10 Turkish Liras. Afterward, you can reach Sirince village by minibusses from Selçuk city center. Apart from these, of course, you can get to Sirince Greek Village by using your car.
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