Lysi (Greek: Λύση, Turkish: Akdoğan or Lisi) is a village located in the Mesaoria plain in Cyprus, north of the city of Larnaca. It is under the de facto control of Northern Cyprus. Lysi is also the administration center for the villages of Beyarmudu, Paşaköy, Pile and Vadili.

Λύση (in Greek)
Akdoğan (in Turkish)
Church of Panagia in Lysi
Church of Panagia in Lysi
Lysi is located in Cyprus
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 35°6′19″N 33°40′52″E / 35.10528°N 33.68111°E / 35.10528; 33.68111Coordinates: 35°6′19″N 33°40′52″E / 35.10528°N 33.68111°E / 35.10528; 33.68111
Country (de jure) Cyprus
 • DistrictFamagusta District
Country (de facto) Northern Cyprus[1]
 • DistrictGazimağusa District
 • MayorAhmet Latif
 • Total2,471
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
WebsiteTurkish Cypriot municipality

In 1960, there were 3,700 Greek Cypriots living in the village and approximately 6,000 in 1974, when they all fled because of the Turkish invasion and the subsequent partition of the island. The arrival of Turkish settlers from mainland Turkey and of Turkish Cypriots displaced from other villages in South Cyprus changed the demographics of the village.[3]

In the centre of the village there is a late 19th-century Greek Orthodox church, covered in a thick layer of Gothic decoration copied from the great medieval cathedrals of Famagusta and Nicosia. The church was built by the inhabitants of Lysi who volunteered their work over several years. After the Turkish occupation of Lysi the church was looted,[citation needed] all its Christian icons and other Christian interior decorations were removed and was turned into a mosque.

The diminutive 14th-century church of St. Evphemianos, 2 km southwest of the village, enjoys a lonely position, shaded by a clump of eucalyptus just above a water course. This small church depicted some of the most beautiful and well-preserved Byzantine mosaics found on the island of Cyprus. The mosaics were later purchased by the Menil Foundation in Texas, USA on behalf of the Church of Cyprus and have been on long-term loan to the Menil ever since. The loan agreement came to an end in February 2012.[4] West of the village, 2 km along the tarmac road to Arsos village, there is a distinctive hillock capped with rounded boulders. Halfway down its southern face is a Greek Archaic nympheum, a small natural cave that archaeologists found filled with votive statuettes. The silhouette of the sibyl's hill hovers as a visual echo of the Pentadaktylos mountains on the northern horizon.

About 4 km further west along this road, the other side of Arsos, is the hamlet of Tremetousia, the site of Richard the Lion Heart’s victory over Isaac Comnenus. The ruinous church and the buildings on the northern edge are the remains of an 18th-century rebuilding of the ancient monastery of St Spyridon. The remains of the saint lay buried here for a few centuries before being removed to Constantinople, and eventually to the island of Corfu.

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  1. ^ In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus unilaterally declared independence from the Republic of Cyprus. The de facto state is not recognised by any UN state except Turkey.
  2. ^ KKTC 2011 Nüfus ve Konut Sayımı [TRNC 2011 Population and Housing Census] (PDF), TRNC State Planning Organization, 6 August 2013, p. 17, archived from the original (PDF) on 6 November 2013
  3. ^ Cyprus. Grapheio Typou kai Plērophoriōn; Cyprus. Grapheion Dēmosiōn Plērophoriōn (1 August 1987). Foreign press on Cyprus. Public Information Office. p. 14. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  4. ^ Povoledo, Elisabetta (23 September 2011). "The Menil Is to Return Frescoes to Cyprus". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 June 2014.