SUMMER SERIES: Europe on the Edge | European Journal | DW | 22.07.2013
  1. Inhalt
  2. Navigation
  3. Weitere Inhalte
  4. Metanavigation
  5. Suche
  6. Choose from 30 Languages

European Journal

SUMMER SERIES: Europe on the Edge

Poles facing political persecution have sought refuge in Turkey for centuries. During the Crimean War in the mid-nineteenth century, Polish émigrés even founded their own village there: Polonezköy.

Polonezköy is located in a nature preserve just outside Istanbul. Even today, the village – which is called “Adampol” in Polish – features half-timbered houses, fenced-in gardens, and a Catholic church. The descendants of the original immigrants continue to uphold many of their old customs, even though they’ve now been Turkish citizens for three or four generations.