Tochni

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Tochni
Coordinates: 34°46′50″N33°19′24″E / 34.78056°N 33.32333°E / 34.78056; 33.32333 Coordinates: 34°46′50″N33°19′24″E / 34.78056°N 33.32333°E / 34.78056; 33.32333
CountryFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
District Larnaca District
Population
 (2011) [1]
  Total424
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Tochni (Greek : Τόχνη; Turkish : Dohni or Taşkent) is a village located in the Larnaca District of Cyprus, about halfway between the cities of Larnaca and Limassol. Prior to 1974, Tochni had a mixed Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot population. In August 1974, 85 Turkish Cypriot inhabitants of this village and of neighboring villages were massacred by Greek Cypriot terrorists. [2] [3]

There are the ruins of a Latin church in the centre of the village, overlooking the Orthodox church of St Constantine and Helena. The current church has been reconstructed on the site of the original, over a bridge, said to have been founded by St Helena on return from the Holy Land having brought with her a piece of the True Cross.

There is also a mosque, madrasah and Muslim burial ground in the eastern part of the village, though these are in varying degrees of disrepair.

Today the village has been designated a beautiful 'agrotourism' location which promotes the restoration of the original village house in order to preserve the traditional Cypriot stone houses. The majority of properties use 'Tochni Stone' which is quarried nearby.

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References

  1. "Population - Place of Residence, 2011". Statistical Service of Cyprus (CYSTAT). 17 April 2014. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014.
  2. Paul Sant Cassia, Bodies of Evidence: Burial, Memory, and the Recovery of Missing Persons in Cyprus, Berghahn Books, 2007, ISBN   978-1-84545-228-5, Massacre&f=false p. 61.
  3. Gisela Welz,European Products: Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus, Berghahn Books, 2015, ISBN   9781782388234 p. 53

In the August of 1974, the Turkish residence of Tochni village following the massacre, were evacuated using coaches and UN military vehicles. The evacuation was by 7 Sqn RCT then serving with the UN at camp Unficyp Nicosia.