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Galinoporni/Kaleburnu village is situated on the Karpasia/Karpaz peninsula, ten kilometers east of Yialousa/Yeni Erenköy and four kilometers northeast of Koroveia/Kuruova. It was always exclusively populated by Turkish Cypriots. The origin of the name Galinoporni is obscure. Some claim that it derives from Greek name for French prostitutes: Galia (French) porni (prostitute). It is also claimed that during the Lusignan period, the village was used as a place of banishment for prostitutes who had diseases (Erciyas 2010, 104). Since the Ottoman period, Turkish Cypriots from other parts of the island have used the name Kaleburnu, meaning “castle of the cape,” to refer to the village. Since the Galinoporni name existed before the arrival of the Ottomans, the latter version (Kaleburnu) must have been a corrupted version of the former.
Historical Population

As can be seen from the chart above, the village was exclusively populated by Turkish Cypriots, apart from a small number of Greek Cypriots who lived in the village until 1931. During most of the British period, the village’s population growth showed an upward trend, rising from 352 in 1891 to 836 in 1960. After 1974, the population of the village became stagnant and gradually declined.


From its original population no one was displaced; however, the village served temporarily as a reception centre for displaced Turkish Cypriots in 1958 and 1964. From 1964 to 1974, it was administratively part of the Turkish Cypriot enclave of Galateia(144). According to geographer Richard Patrick, in 1971 there were no displaced Turkish Cypriots residing in the village. He also estimated the village’s population at 950.

Current Inhabitants:

Currently, the village is mainly occupied by its original inhabitants. Due to its isolated location and distance to the cities, the majority of youth tend to migrate to cities or abroad. The population continuously declined after 1974, dropping from 836 persons in 1960 to 543 in 1978 and then to 377 in 1996. The 2006 Turkish Cypriot census puts Galinoporni/Kaleburnu’s population at 351.  

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