Kayakoy is the largest abandoned town in Asia Minor. Previously, it was a big Greek town with schools, churches, windmills and a large number of houses. Now it is a ghost town and the open-air museum near Fethiye (Turkey).
Kayakoy is the modern name of a ghost town. Earlier, this place had other names.
The history of this place begins even with the Byzantine Empire. In the place was a town and it had name the Lebessus. It was a member of the Christian bishoprics in the Notitia Episcopatuum and was influenced by the Byzantine emperor Heraclius. Then the town was in the Roman Empire and was called by Lycia Karmlassos (as evidenced by plaque at the entrance to Kayakoy). In the 17th century next to the ruins of the Lycian town Karmlassos sailed the Greeks founded the town of Levissi, and he remained with this name until 1922. Indigenous Greek Orthodox lived in this town. After the Second Greek-Turkish War (1919-1922), this territory became Turkish. Then, as a result of the population exchange between Turkey and Greece town was completely deserted to the Greeks. There were two big churches with beautiful frescoes, 2 schools, 2 fountains, 14 hours, 2 windmills and about 3,500 homes in the town . Then the town was inhabited masulmanami from Macedonia, but they did not take root, and then he quickly emptied.
Kayakoy located between Ölüdeniz and Fethiye (8 km from Fethiye). You can reach it by car and pick up tourist buses which often go to Kayakoy from Ölüdeniz and Fethiye.
You can roam the infinite in Kayakoy – the town is enormous. The streets are narrow, the houses are small and thus all built of stone. Some houses are well preserved – you can go in and assess the conditions in which people lived.
There are small cafes next to Kayakoy and you can have a snack and relax there.
There is a cover charge but we did not see the cashier, and so boldly entered the city free of charge.
It should also be noted that the Kayakoy is under the protection of UNESCO’s program “World Friendship and Peace Village” and Lycian Way is passes through Kayakoy.
Kayakoy on the map
Video review of Kayakoy
Text: Evgeny Nazarenko