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Anadiou is a village located on the southwest foothills of the Troodos mountain range, eighteen kilometers southeast of Polis and two kilometers north of Phiti. Goodwin suggests that Anadiou may mean “to emerge” in Greek. In 1958 Turkish Cypriots adopted the alternative name Görmeli, meaning “one must see it.”
Historical Population:

Although the Ottoman census of 1831 shows no Christians living in Anadiou, the village was definitely a mixed one from 1891 to 1931. The village became homogenized again after 1931, solely inhabited by Turkish Cypriots.


No one was displaced from this village either during the emergency years of the 1950s, or during the intercommunal strife of 1963-64. However, the village served as an important reception center for displaced Turkish Cypriots from nearby villages such as Asprogia/Aktepe(296), Mamountali/Soğucak(321), Kritou Tera(315) and Lapithiou/Bozalan(316). Most of these displaced persons stayed in Anadiou until 1975. Richard Patrick recorded 200 displaced Turkish Cypriots still living in Anadiou in 1971, noting also that the total population of the village in this year was 430. After the division of the island in 1974, the village was evacuated in two different phases. Some left secretly over the mountains to the Turkish-controlled north and the rest (275 persons out of the total population of 450) were eventually escorted by UNFICYP on 1 September 1975 to the northern part of the divide. They were mainly resettled in Makrasyka/İncirli(169), a village in the north. Some also were resettled in Lapithos/Lapta(237) and Palaikythro/Balıkesir(081). The number of the Anadiou/Görmeli Turkish Cypriots (excluding the displaced Turkish Cypriots who were staying there) who were displaced after 1974 was around 250 (203 in 1960 census).

Current Inhabitants:

After the departure of the Turkish Cypriots, Anadiou/Görmeli village was not used for any resettlement, and so the houses fell into ruin. The 2001 census recorded only 6 people living there.  

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