A Turkish apparition town abandoned in a populace exchange with Greece.

The deserted ruins of this once-clamoring town are settled against the Taurus Mountains, near the world-celebrated sea shores and yacht-filled harbor at Olu Deniz. Despite the fact that the stone structures are roofless and endured and the tight boulevards worn with age, this isn’t an old city, however a cutting edge ruin abandoned for political reasons during the 1920s.

In Lycian times, the town was known as Karmilassos. At the point when the Greeks involved it, they changed its name to Levissi. The principal notice of Levissi goes back to the fourteenth century and it has a place with Sanudo, an Italian explorer.

Initially inherent the 1700s, the town called Karmylassos in Greek was home to upwards of 20,000 Greek Orthodox inhabitants by the mid twentieth century. The chaotic aftermath of World War I and the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire prompted the land snatches of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922). The reverberating loss of the Greeks in this war finished with savagery and retaliation, which was frequently focused on the staying Greek Orthodox people group inside the new Turkish outskirts, and thus, against the Muslim Turks in Greece. A huge number of Greeks fled the savagery in Turkey, which drove the administrations to consent to a shared obligatory populace exchange beginning in 1923 so as to firm the gore.

The occupants of Kayakoy, who had up to this point lived calmly with their Turkish neighbors, abandoned the town and went to Greece, which was battling to discover places for the about 200,000 displaced people of the exchange, added to the in excess of a million previous Turkish inhabitants who had fled before the official exchange. More than 300,000 Turks were coercively expelled from Greece to a war-desolated, yet land-rich, Turkey in exchange. The polar pilgrim and Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian researcher Fridtjof Nansen was doled out the undertaking of sorting out the exchange.

In Kayakoy, roughly 350 homes currently sit void and for the most part roofless, alongside two Greek Orthodox houses of worship and the wellsprings and reservoirs that watered the city. Cruel winters and solid breezes have stripped the structures down to ruins, making the town look antiquated. A private historical center recounts to the narrative of the town.

The book Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres is set in a fictionalized form of Karakoy during WWI and the most recent days of the Ottoman Empire.

Kayaköy was embraced by the UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village.