Kirki’s history in short
Kirki village belongs to the Municipality of Alexandroulis, the capital of the Evros prefecture, and is located about 24km North-Northwest of the city.
Its history dates back to the prehistoric ages; findings give evidence of the area having been settled by the ancient Thracian race of “kikones”.
During the Byzantine period, traders and travelers heading to Constantinople following the “Via Egnatia” discovered a shortcut route, the “Kirki-pass”.
Kirki’s value grows even more during the 1930s and 1940s, when British and German occupants intensively exploit the famous local mines, extracting rich minerals for their own interest (zinc, lead, gold, nickel, uranium…)
Nowadays, and for the last 25 years, the mines remain closed, to the benefit of the valuable natural environment. A combination of the decrease of stockbreeding and the state’s plans for reforesting the neighboring mountains has led to a revitalization of the ecosystem to such a degree that the wider region is now regarded as one of the most important biotopes of Thrace.