Monument of National Struggle and Liberation in Gönyeli
|• District||Nicosia District|
|Country (controlled by)||Northern Cyprus|
|• District||Lefkoşa District|
|• Mayor||Ahmet Yalçın Benli|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Website||Turkish Cypriot municipality|
Gönyeli (Greek: Κιόνελι; Turkish: Gönyeli) is a town in Cyprus, near the capital city Nicosia. It is de facto under the control of Northern Cyprus. Over the years the town has merged with North Nicosia, making it connurbated with the city. Its population as of 2011[update] is 11,671.
Before the Ottoman conquest of Cyprus in 1571, the area consisted of empty fields. Upon the conquest, two families from Anatolia settled and founded Gönyeli, that of Kurt Ali from Anamur and Mehmet Efendi from Aksaray. Over time, as the families grew in population, the village grew as a farming community speaking Turkish.
The football club Gönyeli Spor Kulübü is based in Gönyeli. Gönyeli's stadium, Ali Naci Karacan Stadı (named for journalist Ali Naci Karacan), houses football matches as well as concerts and the annual 23 April Children's Day events.
Every July, the Gönyeli International Folk Dance Festival takes place in the town center. The event lasts one week, with groups of dancers from countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey performing traditional folk dance.
Gönyeli is twinned with: