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Vakifli Village

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Address: Samandag, Antakya, Turkey

Vaikfli Village is the only remaining ethnic Armenian village in Turkey

Vaikfli Village is the only remaining ethnic Armenian village in Turkey

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beautiful history and people

we love this village! prefer to go on a week day since it can be very crowded during the weekends. every time we come back with a local product, generally liquor :)

Reviewed 1 July 2016
Ömür K
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

we love this village! prefer to go on a week day since it can be very crowded during the weekends. every time we come back with a local product, generally liquor :)

Thank Ömür K
Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

It is a very well kept mountain village with a view of Mediterranean Sea. The small orange tree gardens are on the both sides of the street which goes up to the church. You can find locally hand-made jams and liquors at the house under the church as well.

1 Thank freespiritlover
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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94 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

Quiet, friendly people, simple life, clean, beautiful view of Samandag beach, green garden and farm, and not too far away from city center ... what else? We have seen the process of cutting the stone near the church. With some friends, we bought some wine and jam. Before the friendly lady offered us wine tasting and cherry is the best.... More 

2 Thank Lanni_12
Ankara, Turkey
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

A nice Armenian village with a wonderful church. It is so clean, so quiet that you do not want to go anywhere else. They have a kiosk where they sell homemade wine, different liquors, jams , etc for a very reasonable price.

1 Thank 607Ali2015
San Antonio, Texas
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76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015

Anyone interested in the history of the Armenian people must visit this quaint and charming village in the hills of Hatay. The views are excellent and the rebuilt Armenian church should be visited as well.

1 Thank Xphilosopherking
Izmir, Turkey
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 May 2015

A must see even if it it is only 9000 years old. The story of Moses staff being the lanting for the Plane tree is still fun.

Thank kingsley20152015
Izmir, Turkey
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346 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

A clean, nice village with very hospitable residents. You may buy from their local jams, wine and handicrafts. Also, you will have wonderful view of Samandag beach.

Thank Murat B
Warsaw, Poland
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518 reviews
461 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2014

Canyon and the place built by ancient Romans are so impressive. Amazing tube where the water was taken into village looks great. Inside you can go though the rocks and see the water stream near the wall. On the end is totally dark and stones are slippery, but young person easily get the second enter. There are also ancient tombs,... More 

1 Thank Papudrakus
Mill Creek, Washington
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 November 2014

Vakifli Village, a small, rustic village of approx. 150 pop. and located approximately 20km from Antakya, Turkey, is a lovely and peaceful place to visit. You can easily get there by tour shuttles or rental car from Antakya. Part of the road is unpaved and rough, so make sure you carry water and check your tires before departure. I recommend... More 

1 Thank Smilinsaru
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46 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2014

This village is nice. You can visit shop with local products and armenian church. People are very friendly, but I expected more from this trip. For example guide in a the church was not able to answer at my questions about armenian church.

Thank Ján S

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