Whether or not this was initiated as a media hoax, the tiny village of Sirince, in the Izmir region, attracted much attention over the past few days. With the imminent apocalypse to come, Sirince would be one of the two locations to survive the end of the Mayan calendar.
Rumors were even spread that Tom Cruise decided to join the “Doomsayers” attracting in the end more journalists than New Age survivalists.. Judgement Day prediction established Sirince, a village of less than 700 inhabitants as the safe haven. It is clear that the region itself has historically always been on the map:
– Sirince is located near the ancient city of Ephesus, which with a population of 250,000 in the 1st century BC made it one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world.
– The Temple of Artemis, which was built in 550 BC, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
– Sirince is also considered to be where the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, ascended to heaven after spending the last years of her life in her home there. In addition to The House of the Virgin Mary, there is also the Basilica of St. John in Şirince, where he also spent the latter years of his life.
With the impending arrival of Tom Cruise, known for his strong connection with Scientology, Sirince has made worldwide news, garnering mentions in The New York Times, Bild and The Washington Post.