Şirince (pronounced [ʃiˈrindʒe]) is a village of 600 inhabitants in İzmir Province, Turkey, located about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of the town Selçuk. Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning "Ugly" in Turkish) to deter others from following them. The village's name was changed to Şirince (meaning "Pleasant") in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province.
Doomsday safe haven
Şirince acquired world-wide fame when tourists flocked to the village in December 2012 to witness the Mayan Apocalypse, as New Age mystics believed its "positive energy" would aid in weathering the catastrophe, during the 2012 phenomenon.
- Turkey. Lonely Planet, 8th edition, p. 252.
- "Mayan apocalypse: Turkish village becomes latest doomsday hotspot". The Telegraph. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Mayan Apocalypse 2012: Sirince, Turkish Village, Flooded By Doomsday Believers". The Huffington Post. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
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