The tourist season is swinging into action but the Fethiye museum has closed the two main churches in Kayakoy.

Sturdy iron gates and fencing have been erected at the upper and lower churches in the town.

Closed for a Year

A sign on the gates and fencing say that the churches will be restored and reopened by 1st May 2014.

Kayakoy Church Gates Locked

This may have something to do with the plans that have been discussed in recent months to restore part of the town as a 300 bed tourist facility and part as homes for local people, artists and craftspeople.

It may also be due to a report issued earlier this year that, according to the museum director Ibrahim Malkoç, said that the buildings were unsafe.

Ghost Town

Known as Levissi to the Greeks, the ‘Ghost Town’ has been deserted and crumbling since 1923 following the exchange of populations that took place between Greece and Turkey in accordance with the Treaty of Lausanne.

Kayakoy Church Building Gates


Visiting tour groups and individuals were disappointed to find the churches closed to the public.

Tourists wait outside the locked gates of the Kayakoy Church

The entrance fee has not changed; it is still 5TL and at the time of writing there is no information at the ticket offices telling visitors about the situation.