Monument of National Struggle and Liberation in Gönyeli
|• District||Nicosia District|
|Country (controlled by)||Northern Cyprus|
|• District||Lefkoşa District|
|• Mayor||Ahmet Yalçın Benli|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Website||Turkish Cypriot municipality|
Gönyeli (Greek: Κιόνελι; Turkish: Gönyeli) is a town in Cyprus, near the capital city Nicosia. De facto, it is under the control of Northern Cyprus. Over the years the town has merged with North Nicosia, making it connurbated with the city. Its population as of 2011 is 11,671.
The football club Gönyeli Spor Kulübü is based in Gönyeli. Gönyeli's stadium, Ali Naci Karacan Stadı (named for journalist Ali Naci Karacan), houses football matches as well as concerts and the annual 23 April Children's Day events.
Every July, the Gönyeli International Folk Dance Festival takes place in the town center. The event lasts one week, with groups of dancers from countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey performing traditional folk dance.
Twin towns – sister cities
Gönyeli is twinned with:
- KKTC 2011 Nüfus ve Konut Sayımı [TRNC 2011 Population and Housing Census], TRNC State Planning Organization, 6 August 2013, p. 17
- "Kızılcahamam - Twin Towns". ©Kızılcahamam-City.sk. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
- "Sarıyer - Twin Towns". © Sarıyer-City.sk. Retrieved 2013-10-19.