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Kyra is a village located eight kilometers east of the town of Morphou/Güzelyurt in the southern region of the Morphou plain. Kyra is the Greek Cypriot word for Panagia (Virgin Mary). Goodwin claims that it may also be used to mean “landlady.” In 1975, Turkish Cypriots changed the name to Mevlevi after an Islamic sect that is supposedly the real owner of the village.
Historical Population:

Until 1974, the village was solely inhabited by Greek Cypriots. As can be seen from the chart above, in the Ottoman census of 1831, Christians (Greek Cypriots) constituted the sole inhabitants of the village. Throughout the British period the Greek Cypriot population of the village increased significantly, from 196 in 1891 to 580 in 1960.


In August 1974, all the Greek Cypriots of the village fled from the advancing Turkish army. Currently, like the rest of the displaced Greek Cypriots, the Greek Cypriots of Kyra are scattered throughout the island’s south, with large pockets in towns. The number of the Kyra Greek Cypriots who were displaced in 1974 was around 800 (782 in 1973).

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is mainly inhabited by displaced Turkish Cypriots from Asprogia/Aktepe(296) and Faleia/Göçebel(301), villages in the Paphos district, and Kantou/Çanakkale(265), a village in the Limassol district. There are also some families from Turkey who settled in the village in 1975-77. Most of these are from the Ereğli, Silifke, Mersin, Konya, Denizli provinces and districts of Turkey.   

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