Aglantzia is a suburb of Nicosia and an independent semi-occupied municipality of Cyprus since 1986. It expands to 31 square kilometres out of which 14 are agricultural land and have been occupied by the Turkish army in 1974. Out of the 17 square kilometres left, 9 are national forest parks. Aglantzia is the highest suburb because it is built on hills. Aglantzia was built during the medieval times. Before its occupation, the houses were built for defensive purposes.