January 23, 2020

Lefke and the Bay of Morphou


Lefka is a small town situated in the region of Cyprus. This town is situated at the position overlooking the famous Bay of Morphou. This Bay is unofficially under the control of Northern Cyprus. According to the older census, this town had a sum total of 3,009 individuals living in the region. This is also the capital of the district of Lefke of northern Cyprus. This region has a sub-district center in the adjacent district of Guzelyurt. This all changed in the year 2016 when the new district was established and the region was allotted to the new district. This region is famous for the citrus fruits and citrus products being made which are transported all across Europe.

Geographical Significance:

Another specialty of the region is the copper mines which creates a huge amount of revenue for the country. Not only have these but the region also contained the famous European University of Lefke. This region majorly inhabited the Catholics during the time period of Venetians. However, Turks moved to the region during the Ottoman rule and changed the majority of the area to Turks afterward. This region also housed a number of famous individuals during the time period. Individuals such as Asil Nadir and Nil Burak were born and raised in the city of Lefka. Along with this, this particular city also contains the tomb of Nazim al-Haqqani, a person who was the head of the Haqqani branch of Naqshbandi Sufi order.

The route to reach Lefke is quite straight forward and in order to get there, one has to turn inland if the individual is moving toward Lefke from the city of Gemikonagi. After turning inland from the Gemikonagi, moving past an older Danish UN post. This Danish post has much of historical background and is named as “Viking Camp”. Before passing over the removed crossing of a lesser common portion of the Cyprus railway. Which is now inactive due to certain economic issues.


Lefke is an older Turkish-Cypriot town which can also be called as a stronghold due to the purpose served by the region in its past located at the bottom of the famous Tréédhos foothills. This area is known for a large amount of water present along with the sound of these water runnels everywhere in the region that makes the area quite unique. Due to such an abundant amount of water present in the region, one can found a huge amount of lush green orchards, creating beautiful scenery in the region along with the combination of the naked hill. The word Lefka basically has the meaning “poplar” in Greek. But this region is majorly a desert type location having a date palm and a citrus oasis. This region generates the best oranges in Cyprus. And claims to be the one creating the sweetest of them in the whole region.

Other than the fruits, the region contains a well-known mine in the northern region which was active till the end of the 1980s. Afterward, these mines became inactive due to the erection of the Attila Line due to which there was a drastic change in the number of individuals inhabiting the area decreasing from a total of 5000 to about 3000. This had a positive effect on the region in the sense that the region that the number of visitors increased afterward in the form of professors and students in the European University of Lefka and in the form of students of a religious leader in the region. Other than this there are no proper tourist facilities in the region to catch the attraction of individuals from across the globe.


Despite the lack of such a tourist spot in the region, this city has a number of views. They can play the role of such a location such as the Piri Osman Pasa mosque which is located at the edge of the oasis. This mosque completes the scene along with the palm trees and the huge mountains. Acting as a backdrop in the back of the scene. The courtyard of this mosque is mostly closed for the visitors. But this courtyard contains the tomb of Osman Pasa made up of ornate marble. This person was the Ottoman Vizier and was poisoned as a result of a political rivalry among two different groups in the region in the year 1820.

Lefke is a small town with scattered houses in the greenery of the region. Most of these houses are old and never been rebuilt with the inhabitants living a simple life. On the main road, one can find a number of old buildings representing British architecture. The University of Lefka is also found on the means road. Along with the trilingual plaque marking the graves of the Gaziveren incident victims. In the year 1964, a huge number of EOKA activists started marching towards the village of Gaziveren. Their purpose was to diminish the area. The inhabitants of the area fought bravely. With a limited number of hunting rifles to stop the hundreds marching toward the region. With the loss of a number of inhabitants, Turkey threatened action and opted for a ceasefire among them.

Internal link: https://turkish.co.uk/lefke-and-the-ba…f-morphou-cyprus/

Outbound link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lefka


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