Wednesday, 13 August 2014

DESKTOP 376 - LAKE EĞIRDIR, TURKEY

Eğirdir (Turkish: Eğirdir Gölü, formerly Eğridir) is the name of a lake and of the town situated on the shore of that lake in Turkey. The lake lies in the Turkish Lakes Region and is 186 kilometers north of Antalya. With an area of 482 square kilometres it is the fourth largest (second largest freshwater) lake in Turkey.

The town and the lake were formerly called Eğridir, a Turkish pronunciation of the town's old Greek name Akrotiri (= "cape"). Unfortunately, Eğridir means "it is crooked" in Turkish. Therefore, to remove the negative connotations of the name, in the 1980s the “i” and the “r” were transposed in a new official name, thus creating Eğirdir, a name that evokes spinning and flowers, although many people in Turkey still call both the town and the lake by its former name.

Lake Eğirdir has two islands, connected to the mainland by a long causeway into the town of Eğirdir: Can Ada (meaning "Life Island") the smaller of the two islands. Yeşil Ada ("Green Island," formerly known as Nis) - until 1923, was home to a Greek community living in stone and timber houses.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

7 comments:

  1. Breath taking view!
    www.1sthappyfamily.com/2014/08/green-rice-field.html

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  2. It can be difficult to rename a place, probably takes a generation or more.
    Lovely.

    ROG, ABCW

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  3. Beautiful - we have a trip to the Caribbean planned this winter, which will be grand!

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  4. What a gorgeous setting!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  5. There are so many beautiful places in the world, and this is certainly one of them.

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  6. Oh, what a fabulous view and a fabulous blue!

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