December 13, 2012 - A village
in Turkey has become the latest location deemed to be a haven from the Mayan
With around 600 inhabitants, Sirince has seen an unexpected surge in visitors this winter thanks to the belief that it represents a safe haven in the event of a December 21st apocalypse. Located near the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the village has enjoyed a tourism boom in recent weeks with over 60,000 people expected in the near future. Hotel owners are celebrating the increase in trade at a time of year when there is usually little interest in the region.
The significance of the village pertains to the belief that it is near to the spot where the Virgin Mary ascended to Heaven and that it therefore possesses a strong positive vibe. The interest is similar to that of the French mountain Pic de Bugarach which was closed to tourists following rumors that it would be the site of a rescue effort by an alien spacecraft on the eve of the apocalypse.
A Turkish village has become the latest apocalypse hotspot, with believers of the Mayan calendar prediction that the world will end on December 21 flooding into the area.