Recent Photos

Last updated December 29, 2017


The following photos of Efkere and the surrounding countryside are from 1998. The first picture is taken from the front of Surp Stepanos, looking across the valley to the opposite hillside, which was Western Efkere. Little more than the foundations of some buildings remain. The remainder of the photos, from Eastern Efkere, give a good sense of the current condition of the village. Most of the vintage structures have been taken down, and those that remain are largely in ruin. Still, some homes and buildings remain standing, in good condition, and are occupied.

A view of the village from the Southwest Plateau, and the likely ruins of St. Elia’s Chapel. May, 2002

From the Southwestern Plateau, the photograph on the left was taken in May, 2002, and shows the condition of Eastern Efkere today. Surp Stepanos, lacking its dome, is visible in the center, toward the right. The photograph on the right is taken from almost the same vantage point, and dates from prior to 1915.


 The images to the right are from May, 2002, showing a view of the village from the Southwest Plateau, and the likely ruins of St. Elia’s Chapel.

The Southwest Plateau. The numerous structures on the hillside are “pigeon houses”. Food and water were placed at the bottom of these structures in an effort to lure pigeons, which provided the crops with valuable fertilizer. At the top of the hill, are the ruins of an old building. This may represent a part of Sp. Elia, although this is uncertain.

Eastern Efkere, January 2002. The first photograph shows a typical pre-World War 1 dwelling. This home is located approximately 60 meters northwest of Surp Stepanos.

June 2003

Efkere, December 2004. I am extremely grateful for the following series of photographs of Efkere, which were sent to me anonymously.