Şirince (pronounced shirinjé) formerly Kirkince or Çirkince, is a is a cool, pine-ringed Eden of a village nestled on the hills in Central Aegean Region, Turkey. This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince (“ugly”). Indeed its habitats gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Now its called Şirince meaning Pleasant or pretty, the name given by the Izmir governor
It is a small village which is famous for its wine and houses. Sirince was a Greek village before the Greco-Turkish War. Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture as of the 1920’s: after the Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all those typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside.
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