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This Ghost Town Of Varosha Will Take You Back To The 70s
History has it that every time political relations turn sour, it's not the politicians who suffer, but the common men. And one of the most prominent and chilling examples of the same is the ghost town of Varosha, a town that was abandoned in the mid-70s and has unfortunately remained so ever since. The history of Varosha, a once resort town at the island of Cyprus, is extremely depressing, and its story an example of the pain that wars bring forth.
Prior to 1974, Varosha was a thriving resort city, and not only was it the most visited tourist destination of Cyprus, it was also the most frequented tourist destination of the world!
During its heyday, it was not only the most popular tourist destination to the common people, but also to celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
But then came the invasion of !974, when Turkish soldiers took over the thriving city.
The invasion came as a result of a coup instigated by the Greek government.
Moments before the Greek Cypriots and Turkish troops clashed, the entire populace of the city fled, leaving behind everything, in fear of a massacre.
Former residents recall having so less time to evacuate that they had to leave pots on the stove and food on the tables.
After the Turkish army gained control of the area, they fenced off the area, thus cutting it off from the public.
In 1984, administration of Varosha was handed over to the United Nations, and a buffer zone known as the
Starting in 2003, travel restrictions around Varosha were partially lifted for the first time, allowing Cypriots from both the Greek and Turkish sides of the island to visit.
However, non-residents are forbidden from trespassing in the area. Groups of Turkish soldiers still patrol Varosha with orders to shoot on sight.
Despite that, some photographers braved to go into the ghost town to click pictures of once a great resort town.
Due to the restrictions put on the land and the post-affects of war, the city is still stuck in teh 70s.
The remains of the city of Varosha are truly horrifying.
It is one of the most commonly sited examples of the effects and after-effects of war.
We can only be hoped that the former citizens of the city can soon get back to their homes, although it sadly appears quite unlikely.
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