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Recent Photographs

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.


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.

Western Efkere, January 2002. Little more than the foundations of the buildings are left. Directly behind this hill is located Surp Garabed Monastery. It is believed that underground tunnels may have existed leading from some of the homes in Western Efkere to Surp Garabed monastery. On the upper left of the photograph, pigeon houses are again seen.

Efkere Pond (Goleti) in May 2002. It has been dammed, and its appearance may have changed significantly because of this. This was the general region of Bar Galer, where townspeople would gather for celebrations.




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


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