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Ikonastis of an old Orthodox Church in Sirince ,not far away from the antique city of Ephesus.
There are various stories about the origins of Şirince and its name.

Most probably the place, with the name Solmissos (of Luvian roots), was founded by Ephesians who abandoned their city during the conquests of Timur and withdrew into the mountains.

Another version tells of Greek slaves who settled there and called the place Çirkince (Turkish for ugliness) to deter others from living in this beautiful settlement. According to the third version of the story, 40 freed slaves settled there, and thus the village was originally called Kırkinca (from the Turkish word for forty — kırk or the Greek word saránta, also meaning forty).

However, there is not much hard evidence to check the truth of all these legends. Careful seekers can find some fragments of Roman sewer system nearby a local spring and notice Roman funeral urns used as a fountain in the centre of the village.

The ruined building from the Hellenistic period, possibly a tower, is the oldest trace of human activity in the surroundings of Şirince. Some 4 km to the south-west of the village there are the remains of a vaulted building in an orchard, which are probably the ruins of a Roman Villa.

This beautiful Ikonastasis was been handpainted on beuatifull caved wooden panels and been renovated a few years ago.

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