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Goshi was a village situated in the Larnaca district, fifteen kilometers northwest of Larnaca town and seven kilometers southwest of Lymbia. The origin of the name is obscure. Goodwin believes that the village was most probably named after the person who had founded the village or owned its land during the medieval period. In 1959, Turkish Cypriots adopted another name, Üçşehitler, meaning “three martyrs.” According to Turkish Cypriot researcher Hasan Fehmi, the village was named after three Turkish Cypriot young men from Goshi who were killed by EOKA fighters on 19 July 1958.

Historical Population

As can be seen in the above chart, Goshi was a Turkish Cypriot village from the Ottoman period. Throughout the British period, the population of the village increased significantly, rising from 77 persons in 1891 to 167 in 1960.


No one left the village during the intercommunal tensions of the late 1950s, nor in 1963-64. However, after December 1963 the village served as a reception centre for displaced Turkish Cypriots who evacuated nearby villages such as Potamia/Dereli(089). Richard Patrick recorded 20 displaced Turkish Cypriots still living in the village in 1971, although the number of displaced persons was much higher in 1964-68. The second conflict-related displacement took place after August 1974, when almost all the Turkish Cypriots from the village fled to the northern part of the Green Line. The majority of the Goshi/Üçşehitler Turkish Cypriots were resettled in Exometochi/Düzova(032) village in the Nicosia district. The total number of displaced persons from this village is approximately 180 (167 in 1960).

Current Inhabitants:

The village is now empty and in ruins. Some parts of the village and its vicinity have become a Greek Cypriot military camp.  

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