Turkey: Ankara eyeing investors for a Greek ghost-village

Levissi is located on the coast across the island of Rhodes

15 September, 11:55

    The abadoned Greek village of Levissi, on the Turkish coast opposite the island of Rhodes, today called Kayakoy The abadoned Greek village of Levissi, on the Turkish coast opposite the island of Rhodes, today called Kayakoy

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 15 - The Turkish government is seeking an investor for a ghost-village once inhabited by Greek population, as GreekReporter website writes. Greek village Levissi, now called Kayakoy, located on the Turkish coast across the Greek island of Rhodes, will be auctioned by the Culture Ministry. Turkey seeks an investor who will be interested in restoring the village in order to exploit it for touristic reasons. Levissi has hundreds of abandoned houses and two churches. Tourists who visit the neighboring seaside resort of Fethiye, often use the deserted village as a parking lot.

    Levissi was abandoned after its Greek inhabitants returned to Greece, according to the population exchange between the two countries in June 30, 1923. It is not the first time the Turkish state tries to sell the Greek village. During the first unsuccessful auction, activists launched a Facebook page called 'Save Kayakoy,' urging for any restorations to be carried out in coordination with Greece, and be suitable for the environment as well as the area's history. The bidder will rent the village for 49 years and will be responsible for its restoration and touristic exploitation that includes the construction of facilities (rooms to rent, shops) and the restoration of the area's archaeological site. According to estimates by Turkish officials, the cost of the project will reach 10.5 million euros while two companies have already expressed interest. However, many oppose to the village's restoration as it would lose its authenticity and originality.

    (ANSAmed).

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