Abandoned Villages: Fasli
If you take the road from Ineia, on the top of the Akamas, to Androlikou, you will pass the abandoned village of Fasli. It is easy to miss, but worth the diversion if you want to do a bit of exploring. It also hosts an unusual feature we haven't found in any of the other abandoned villages we have featured over the years.
If you look on Google Maps for Fasli, you will end up in the wrong place. For some reason, they call the next village along Fasli. However, if you look at road signs, or on Open Street Map, you will see that that is actually Pittokopos. We go there in another yet-to-be-published blog.
As luck would have it, we are currently in the process of reviewing a new publication "Topographical Maps of Cyprus". So I looked at that, and they too have the village down as Fasli, though they spell it with a "Ph".
Anyway, coming from Ineia, you will drive through Pittokopos, and come to a dirt track on your left as the road turns right. If you take this you soon arrive in Fasli, and If you keep on the track you will hook a left before arriving at this building, which is where we start the blog.
It was a glorious day for exploring. There was no dust in the air, and enough clouds to provide a stunning backdrop to our pictures. The summer days are lovely, but the skies can be pretty boring to photograph.
Incidentally, our second Road Trip ebook drives past Fasli. There is a link to it at the foot of this page. Worth checking out if you want to explore Cyprus properly...
To find out about Fasli, we shall once again consult the PRIO database. This has the following to say:
Fasli is a village located near the Akamas peninsula, nine kilometers southwest of Polis and four kilometers northwest of Dhrousha. It is believed by many that the name Phasli or Fasli derives from fasla, meaning “plot of land.” The villagers of Androlikou and Fasli believe that after a land dispute in Androlikou, the agha of the village told one of the opponents that he was willing to give him one fasla if he agreed to move where the current village is situated. He apparently accepted the offer, and the village was founded and called Fasla. The Turkish Cypriots eventually slightly changed the name from Fasla to Faslı.
When you walk back along the track, you will come to this stone path going up between the ruins. This is the route we will take.
PRIO goes on to explain what happened to the village.
...Fasli was a Turkish Cypriot village from the Ottoman period. The population showed a steady increase until 1931, when the census of that year shows a significant drop. After that year, the population continued to rise steadily.
No one was displaced from Fasli during the emergency years of the 1950s. However, in February 1964, during the period of intercommunal strife, all of Fasli’s inhabitants fled the village and sought refuge in nearby Androlikou(292), remaining there until the island’s division. During the 1974 war, most of the men of fighting age were arrested and sent to the Geroskipou POW camp, where in October 1974 they were exchanged with Greek Cypriot POWs from the north. During this same period, some Fasli Turkish Cypriots fled secretly over the mountains to the Turkish-controlled north. On 22 August 1975, UNFICYP evacuated the remaining Fasli Turkish Cypriots, along with the entirety (apart from a couple) of Androlikou(292) village, to the northern part of the divide. They were mainly resettled in Myrtou/Çamlıbel(241), a village in the Kyrenia district of north Cyprus. Some also were resettled in Lapithos/Lapta(237), Famagusta(140) and Morphou/Güzelyurt(072) municipalities. The number of Turkish Cypriots from Fasli who were displaced after 1974 was around 80-90 (76 in the 1960 census).
This village is currently abandoned and in ruins.
As you shall see, the village isn't completely in ruins. Indeed, the land to your right is fenced off. This is quite annoying, because within the enclosed area is this odd construction. I presume it is a toilet, but it is a very unusual one.
By the way, make sure you hang around to the end of the blog, as we include a 360 virtual tour of the area, which really shows off the clouds better than any regular photo.