St. Eftichios chapel in Nisou.jpg
Nisou is located in Cyprus
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 35°1′14″N 33°23′28″E / 35.02056°N 33.39111°E / 35.02056; 33.39111Coordinates: 35°1′14″N 33°23′28″E / 35.02056°N 33.39111°E / 35.02056; 33.39111
Country Cyprus
DistrictNicosia District
 • Total1,323
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Nisou (Greek: Νήσου, Turkish: Dizdarköy) is a village in the Nicosia District of Cyprus, just north of Pera Chorio and it is about 15 kilometres from the capital.

It is built at the north bank of the Yialia River. The old road of Nicosia-Limassol goes through the village, while the new road comes from northwest of the village.

In the older years, the village resembled a small island since it was surrounded by the Yialia River. The river would come from the mountains of Machera and would split at the Nisou area into two parts which would join again towards the East (in the Dali area). That is how it got its name Nisos or Nisou.[2]

Nisou had historically been a mixed village, with 366 Greek Cypriots and 108 Turkish Cypriots recorded in the census of 1960. With the outbreak of intercommunal violence in 1963, the Turkish Cypriot population fled to the nearby Turkish Cypriot population centres of Louroujina and Goşşi, and their houses were destroyed.[3] By December 1970, the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus had repaired 30 of these houses at a cost o £7,000, but the displaced Turkish Cypriots did not return.[4] All of these villagers were then resettled to various areas of Northern Cyprus after the 1974 conflict, with the highest number being in Argaki.[3]


  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ "Nisou". 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Nisou". PRIO Cyprus Displacement Project. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  4. ^ Patrick, Richard A. (1976). Political Geography and the Cyprus Conflict, 1963-1971. University of Waterloo Department of Geography. p. 283.

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