Karavas in Cyprus is the sister village of Lapithos in Kyrenia District. It is built on the ruins of Lampousa one of the ancient Greek City-Kingdoms of Cyprus. The name Karavas is Greek from the word 'Karavi'which means ship.

Karavas Pente Mili beach in the 1970s

Karavas was captured by the Turkish Army during the second Turkish invasion after July 20, 1974.

The Turks, after surrounding both Lapithos and Karavas from 3 sides, attacked the morning of Tuesday August 6 1974 deploying the full force of their 28th division. This division consisted of the 61st, and 23rd infantry regiments, a commando regiment, an amphibious commando regiment, a tank unit of 30 tanks with 3 tanks from the 39th division, 2 artillery units of 105 mm and 7,5/18 cannons, with the addition of the Navy that was bombarding the two villages from the sea.

All Greek Cypriot inhabitants were forced out of Karavas by Turkish military forces and have become refugees within Cyprus.

"Pente Mili" was one of the most beautiful beaches in Karavas.

Karavas harbor with Acheropiitos Greek Orthodox Monastery

The Second Cyprus Treasure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Cyprus Treasure, an impressive gold and silver collection of vessels, dishes, and jewelry, was found here in 1902 and 1917. It can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia.

The internationally famous English pop singer George Michael was born in that village.

Mayor: Ioannis Papaioannou

Images Cyprus, Kyrenia District

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