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Varosha is in the Turkish occupied city of Famagusta in Cyprus. It was previously a modern tourist area. In the year of 1974 however, the Turkish invaded Cyprus and tore up the island. Citizens fled, expecting to be able to return to their homes. The Turkish military wrapped it in barbed wire and now controls it completely. Allowing nobody to enter to this day, aside from themselves and UN personnel. Though on the positive side, rare sea turtles have begun nesting on the deserted beaches.

I find this strangly beautiful...imagine what this once was and who stepped foot here.

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Global Urbex: 12 Haunting Abandoned Buildings and Places

Philadelphia may not find itself in America’s decaying rust belt, but as a large industrial city there is bound to be a wealth of historic abandonments on urban explorers‘ radars. This defunct power plant is a good example, photographed by Murtaza Paghdiwala. Despite languishing in the grip of urban decay, some impressive machinery can still be seen on site.

Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities from around the World - Gallery

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Global Urbex: 12 Haunting Abandoned Buildings and Places

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Global Urbex: 12 Haunting Abandoned Buildings and Places

Top 10 Abandoned, Amazing and Unusual Old Homes...wonder what the law is regarding abandoned homes...can i just move in and start fixing it up to be awesome again?

Ever wonder what goes on inside the walls of someone else's house? This abandoned beauty lets you have a glimpse...

THINGS LIKE THIS remind me of why i wanted to be an architect!! --abandoned 60's vacation homes in taiwan

#abandoned Varosha, Cyprus Varosha is in the Turkish occupied city of Famagusta in Cyprus. It was previously a modern tourist area, and flowered into one of the most luxurious holiday destinations. In the year of 1974 however, the Turkish invaded Cyprus and tore up the island. Citizens fled, expecting to be able to return to their homes within days. The Turkish military wrapped it in barbed wire and now controls it completely. Only the govt and UN personnel may enter.

Perhaps the most haunting and downright weird tourist attraction on Cyprus, the abandoned Maras district (known in Greek as the 'Varosia') really is a sight worth seeing. This city is a lingering reminder of the relatively recent year of 1974, when the Turkish intervened in the civil war to protect the Turkish Cypriots as Turkey is one of three Grantor country over the island. Turkey since then barricaded off with barbed wire the whole area till a peace treaty would be a stablished. still…

Turkish soldiers are marching to Kyrenia in Turkish Invasion of Cyprus 1974 [600x439]

Captured Greek Cyprus Soldier after Turkish Invasion of Cyprus in medical examination in Turkey/Adana, 1974.

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7 Eerie Abandoned Resorts and Holiday Destinations

Once a lively tourist haven in the city of Famagusta, Varosha has remained abandoned and strictly off-limits to urban explorers since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. It’s a far cry from the days when the elegant hotels and restaurants along JFK Boulevard and Leonidas hosted the likes Dame Elizabeth Taylor, with the abandoned buildings of Varosha now crumbling in ways that remind of The World Without Us.