|Lefke (Turkish); Λεύκα (Greek)|
Orange monument in Lefka town center, representing its rich orange groves
|Country||de jure Cyprus
de facto Northern Cyprus
|District||de jure Nicosia District
de facto Güzelyurt District
|• Mayor||Aziz Kaya|
|Population (2011 Census)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Nestling below the Troodos mountains, Lefke (Lefka) is a small and friendly town in the north west of Cyprus. Its inhabitants will tell you that its citrus fruits are the tastiest and the juiciest in the whole of the island. This is because of its rich soil, plentiful water and its reservoirs.
During the Venetian period in Cyprus, Lefka was dominated by Catholics of Italian descent. Turks migrated to Lefka during Ottoman rule.
Its Turkish character reflects the domination of the area by the Ottoman Empire for more than four hundred years.
Lefke has benefited from the CMC mining company up until 1970's and improved its life standard such that Lefke considered one of most desirable town to live in Cyprus. Specially after 1926 was observed that CMC employed many more workers and improved its capacity. Since then Lefke area has been attracting many people from various parts of Cyprus specially from Paphos.
In early 1920's a new neighborhood was being built near the Lefke Train Station, on the south eastern outskirts of the village of Çamlıköy. In 1926 a new harbour and a village was built for workers between Pendaya and Gemikonagi. In 1928 a second village was being built for mining workers in the area of Karadağ. In 1930 a power plant which was being built near by Denizli, has been expanded. The number of the power workers have been increased from 2595 to 5720, until 1937.
In 1950's the dense of the population was high in Çamlıköy, Gemikonağı and Karadag but in Central Lefke it was highest.
In 1970 the copper ore was nearly finished in Karadag. For this reason almost all the mining workers got laid-off, as a result many people from the region migrated to other cities or abroad.
In 2011 Lefka had 11,091 inhabitants.
The town is the site of the European University of Lefke. It is also the residence of Nazim Al-Haqqani, spiritual head of the Haqqani branch of the Naqshbandi Sufi order. Asil Nadir and Nil Burak were born in Lefka.
Places of interest
- Soli - Ancient city founded in the 600s BC.
- Vouni Palace - On a cliff top 9 kilometres (6 miles) west of Gemikonagi, and 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level.
- Tomb of Piri Osman Pasha
- Storehouse from the British Period
- European University of Lefke
- Visiting Sheikh Nazim
Twin towns – Sister cities
Lefka is twinned with:
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