Limnitis

Limnitis (Greek: , Turkish: Yeşilirmak) is a village in in the Tillyria region in Nicosia District, North Western Cyprus. The ancient Vouni Palace was located nearby. It is a small village located on the shores of the Morphou Bay. The upper parts of the village are located 20 metres above sea level but settlement extends all the way down to the sea.

History

The village is located on the North Western slopes of the Troodos Mountains. The region shows clear signs of early settlement; the ruins of Vouni Palace are located nearby, and the ruins of the city of Soli are located a little further to the East.

Modern settlement in the area began in the early 19th century. Two families settled here; the Osman family settled in Xerovounos (Turkish: Kurutepe) and the Süleyman family settled in Selemani (Turkish: Süleymaniye). The village is now exclusively inhabited by Turkish Cypriots who also formed the majority here and in neighbouring Ammadies and Xerovounos before the events in 1974 when the area was occupied by the Turkish army.

Annan Plan

The Annan Peace Plan for Cyprus called for the transfer of this region to a new "Greek Cypriot Constituent State" in a new Cypriot (con)-federation, while allowing the original inhabitants to retain their homes. This plan was later rejected by a majority of the Greek Cypriot population, and the area remains under the de facto control of the not recognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Population

The size of the original population of the village seems to be disputed. According to figures of the Cypriot Government, the 1960 population was 323 (315 Turks and 8 Greeks) and in 1973, the population was estimated at 396, all Turks. (Source:[1], click on "Sources".) Turkish sources say that the town had swelled to about 1,200 people by 1968. The number is now down to about 80 people. Turkish sources estimate that around 2,000 people originating in the town now live in United Kingdom and a further 1,500 live in Australia.

The People

The people are farmers. Growing fruit and vegetables and selling them at markets provide their main source of income. The village is known for its strawberries.

Christakis A. Kalogirou, Killed in Limnitis fighting against the Turkish Invaders , 22 July 1974, Monument in Moutoullas

Images Cyprus, Nicosia District

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