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Just down the road, a short dolmus ride, or a 30/45 minute walk, lies Kaya; or, to give it its more popular name, the Ghost Village!

Up until 1923 it was a thriving Turkish town/village with over 2000 dwellings housing over 5000 people; a village in which Muslims and Christians lived peacefully side-by-side.

Unfortunately it was during the 1920s that the Turkish Muslims forcibly deported the Greek Christians when both countries agreed to an exchange of their religious minorities.

From thereon Kaya was left deserted, and over the years it gained the sobriquet of Ghost Village as slowly the dwellings fell into disrepair and decay. Now, it is an eerily quiet place where you can sit and think and contemplate what occurred all those years back.

One of the places you should seek out is the Church of the Virgin Mary (the better of the two large churches in the village, seen here on the left). If you've got the stomach for it, see if you can find the Charnel House in which (with the aid of a torch) you can see the bones of the dead!

And, if you want a fantastic view of the village and the sea at Cold Water Bay, climb to the white chapel (seen below on the right) that sits overlooking the ruins high above the village on the right-hand side.

It is a hard and steep climb but well worth the effort. If you have the energy you can continue down the mountain towards to sea for a swim in Cold Water Bay – which will refresh you for your return journey.

Although not 'forgotten' by the world, Kaya was given a boost when it was heavily featured in Louis de Bernières’s epic novel, Birds without Wings, in 2004.

It is set in the village at a time when all was well with the world - or at least, partly well in Kaya. This book reminded people that Kaya was still there and resulted in an upsurge of interested holiday-makers seeking out the book's location.

Kaya is now designated as an historical monument and there is a small fee levied to explore it – money well spent.

Images courtesy of Rebecca Ward  



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