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Varosha, Cyprus
The ghost district

Varosha, between the 1960s and 1970s, was the tourist place par excellence in Cyprus and attracted many tourists. Many multi-storey luxury hotels were built by the sea.

In August 1974, the island of Cyprus was invaded by the Turkish army, which advanced to the so-called Attila Line, which still marks the border between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities. A few hours before the town of Famagusta was attacked by the Turkish army, fearing a massacre, the inhabitants and tourists of Varosha fled. Many took refuge to the south, in the direction of Paralimni, Dherynia and Larnaca. The Turkish army enclosed Varosia in a barbed fence to prohibit access and to this day this district is abandoned.

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