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Petrofani was a village situated in the Larnaca district, two and a half kilometers southwest of Athienou village. The origin of the name is obscure. In 1958, Turkish Cypriots adopted another name, Esendağ, meaning “windy mountain.”

Historical Population

As can be seen in the above chart, Petrofani was a Turkish Cypriot village from the Ottoman period. Throughout the British period, the population of the village increased significantly, rising from 47 persons in 1891 to 120 in 1960.


No one left the village during the intercommunal tensions of the late 1950s. However, on 24 December 1963, the villagers evacuated the village and sought refuge in Louroudjina(063). They all returned to their homes in the spring of 1964 after a three month’s stay in Louroudjina(063). The second conflict-related displacement took place after August 1974, when almost all the Turkish Cypriots from the village fled to the Turkish-controlled north of the island. The majority of the Petrofani Turkish Cypriots were resettled in Exometochi/Düzova(032) village in the Famagusta district. The total number of displaced persons from this village is approximately 170 (171 in 1973).

Current Inhabitants:

The village is now empty and in ruins.  

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