Karaoğlanoğlu (Ayios Yeoryios -
Once a small sleepy village, Ayyorgi
(Karaoğlanoğlu) has now grown to be a sought-after suburb of Kyrenia, about 5km to the
west of the town. After the events of 1974, Ayyorgi was renamed Karaoğlanoğlu in memory of Col. Karaoğlanoğlu who was one of the first Turkish soldiers to fall on landing Cyprus.
The village is famous for its lemon and olive groves which sprawl the hills and the fields. In the recent years, with the popularity of the area both with locals and with tourists, several hotels and
restaurants have emerged on the coastline with care taken not to overdevelop the area to the detriment of the environment.
Chapel of St Fanurios, carved inside the caves on the coast is
one place which can be seen in the area. The rocks under the chapel are known to contain fossils, rumoured to be that of a hippopotamus! Fanurios was an early Christian who while living in Asia Minor, followed the call of Christ and converted into Christianity and settled in Cyprus. According to the myth while climbing the steep cliffs one day he fell of and died on the spot where the chapel is now.
Among other places to visit in
in the area are the Statue of the Unknown Soldier commemorating those who lost their lives during wars, Peace and Freedom Museum as well as Open Air Museum. The open area, in front of the Peace and Freedom Museum in
Karaoğlanoğlu, is used as an Open Air Museum containing vehicles and arms left by the fleeing Greek soldiers.