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  • Περιστερωνοπηγή (Greek)
  • Alaniçi  (Turkish)
The church in Peristeronopigi
The church in Peristeronopigi
Peristeronopigi is located in Cyprus
Coordinates: 35°13′13″N 33°45′36″E / 35.22028°N 33.76000°E / 35.22028; 33.76000Coordinates: 35°13′13″N 33°45′36″E / 35.22028°N 33.76000°E / 35.22028; 33.76000
Country (de jure) Cyprus
 • DistrictFamagusta District
Country (de facto) Northern Cyprus[1]
 • DistrictGazimağusa District
 • Total860

Peristeronopigi or Pigi–Peristerona (Greek: Περιστερωνοπηγή; Turkish: Alaniçi) is a village located in the Famagusta District of Cyprus, 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Lefkoniko, in the Mesaoria plain. Historically, Peristeronopigi consisted of two continuous villages: Peristerona (meaning "pigeon nest") in the south and Pigi ("water well") in the north. Peristeronopigi is under the de facto control of Northern Cyprus. As of 2011, it had a population of 860.


The village was recorded as early as the early 13th century in papal documents.[3]

Peristeronopigi was a mixed village until 1958. Due to intercommunal strife, all of the approximately 200 Turkish Cypriots were displaced from the village in 1958 and took refuge in Maratha and the town of Famagusta. The second displacement took place in 1974, when all the Greek Cypriots (around 1,700) from Peristeronopigi fled from the advancing Turkish army. In 1975, Turkish Cypriots from Klavdia (Turkish: Alaniçi) settled in Peristeronopigi and changed its name to Alaniçi.[4]


  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) (in Turkish). TRNC State Planning Organization. 6 August 2013.
  3. ^ Papacostas, Tasos (2012). "Byzantine Nicosia: 650-1191". In Michaelides, D. (ed.). Historic Nicosia. Nicosia: Rimal Publications. p. 87.
  4. ^ "PRIO Cyprus Centre, Internal Displacement in Cyprus"