Northern Cyprus

Varosha - a ghost town

A stately resort transformed into a ghost town

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Varosha - a ghost town
Inserted: 28.12.2021
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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Famagusta is a well-known and very popular tourist area. In addition to the historic city, there are a number of very beautiful beaches in the area. That is why a whole complex of modern hotels and accommodation houses was built on the outskirts of Varoš, where a rich clientele from abroad came. However, after the military invasion in 1974, the area was declared a military zone and closed.

City of Ghosts

After the military occupation of the area in August 1974, this magnificent seaside resort practically became a „ghost town“ from day to day. Varosha was occupied by soldiers, surrounded by barbed wire fences and became inaccessible to the public. Everything remained as the residents and guests had to leave quickly.

City of Ghosts
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Guarded military zone next to the beach

Hundreds of abandoned hotels and ordinary houses remained in their unaltered state, which gradually disintegrated and fell into disrepair. Access to the area is carefully guarded by soldiers in guard booths, and warning signs with the words No Entry and No Photography hang everywhere. The paradox is that right next to the zone is the hotel beach of a four-star luxury hotel.

Guarded military zone next to the beach
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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