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The Ottoman Property Survey of Cyprus (1832/33)

This is a unique historical source and the forerunner of the modern cadastral register system: the 1832/33 Ottoman property survey of owners, families and occupations, as well as land, crops, buildings, animals and places of worship in Cyprus.

Through this database of the survey, you may explore a rich and unique historical source concerning the people, society, economy and the environment of Cyprus. Discover property owners, their households, the places where they lived and their daily life as it emerges from the survey records. You can perform multi-criteria searches and view the results on Kitchener’s map of Cyprus of 1878-1883.

The online application uses the Ottoman property survey of 1832/33, consisting of four manuscript volumes, in total 1381 pages, that belong to the Ottoman State Archives in Istanbul (ML.VRD.TMT.d.16152-5). The application is part of the research programme ‘Economy, environment, and landscape in the Cypriot longue durée: A Combined Analysis Using Historical Data and Geoinformatics Applications’, which was developed by the Department of Geography of Harokopio University and funded by the Sylvia Ioannou Charitable Foundation (2019-2023). Heads of the research group: Christos Chalkias (Professor, Harokopio University) – Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Assistant Professor, Panteion University).