Bordering the Aegean Sea, Alaçatı is located in the Izmir Province on the Çeşme Peninsula. The village is known for its old stone homes, cobblestone streets and iconic windmills. The quaint, peaceful village comes to life in the summer months when tourists escape the heat of Istanbul and Izmir in favor of the more pleasant Aegean breeze. Due to the reliable wind, Alaçatı has become one of the most important windsurfing centers in the world.
Alaçatı’s rich history gives the village a timeless quality. In the 1830’s, Haji Memiş invited the impoverished and earthquake stricken population of the nearby Greek Island of Chios to Alaçatı. They brought their own culinary and cultural traditions with them. Many of the immigrants began working in olive orchards and vineyards. By the end of the 19th century, the area had become an important center for the export of wine and the Greek population had risen to over 12,000. However, following the Balkan Wars and the Turkish War of Independence, Greece and Turkey formalized a population exchange in 1923. The mutual expulsion was based upon religious identity. Nearly all the Orthodox Christian citizens of Turkey (including those of Greek heritage living in Alaçatı) were expelled to Greece. Likewise, most of the Muslim citizens in Greece were expelled to Turkey. Despite the expulsion, the Greek population left an undeniable imprint on the village that still exists in the architecture and food today.
Alaçatı, Turkey | Izmir Province | Aegean Region
Inspired by the charm of Alaçatı, Turkey, the redhorse|redhouse collection and concept store were designed by Jason B Graham. The collection has been featured in numerous publications including Elle Décor and Turkish Airlines. Local folklore even inspired the name. According to the legend, the one-time ruler of Alaçatı had a red horse. When riding the horse through town, villagers would refer to him as ‘Alaca Atlı’ or the Horseman. Over time, Alaca Atlı became Alaçatı.
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