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Village with underground caverns in Tatlısu

Around the church of Panagia Pergaminiotissa, outside Tatlısu, lie the ruins of a village with underground caverns and caves. The village is from the Venetian period and Tatlısu’s Muhtar, Mehmet, has begun to explore the village and tells us about of caves.

Villagers dug the caves to protect themselves from attacks by pirates who landed on the island. All the caves have not been excavated yet and Mehmet is working to explore the whole village area. In one of the caves there is a room with two floors. He does not know how many caves there are, what is in them and if they are connected in any way.

– This hole leads all the way to the carob tree over there, he says, pointing.

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At the age of ten Sophia moved from Sweden in 1998 and has since lived in several locations around the world including Spain, and has been residing in North Cyprus for four years now. Her educational background is in marketing, hotel management and real estate, and she now works as a real estate agent and is editor in chief for New Cyprus Magazine. If you any questions for Sophia, please write to: sophia@newcyprusmagazine.com.