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A ghost town in Cyprus that was abandoned in the 1970s may soon open to the public again — take a look inside

INSIDER Logo By emcdowell@businessinsider.com (Erin McDowell) of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 15:  After Turkey took control of the northern portion of the island of Cyprus in the 1970s, inhabitants of the resort town of Varosha fled, leaving it empty. Residents and tourists planned to return, but the once-glamorous resort was quickly fenced off to the public and has remained so for more than 40 years. Once deemed the "French Riviera of Cyprus," the resort locale of Varosha in the city of Famagusta is abandoned and decaying. In August, Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said he has plans to reopen and rebuild the resort. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Varosha district of Famagusta, Cyprus, was once a booming resort town visited by the rich and famous.However, after the area was taken over by Turkish forces in 1974, Varosha was blocked off to visitors and quickly fell into disrepair.Today, Varosha is marked by collapsing hotels and the eerie remnants left behind by those who lived, worked, and vacationed in the town. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is now discussing plans to reopen the resort town, but the area is nothing like it was 40 years ago.Take a look inside the abandoned ghost town once considered the "French Riviera of Cyprus."Read the original article on Insider

A ghost town in Cyprus that was abandoned in the 1970s may soon open to the public again — take a look inside

  • After Turkey took control of the northern portion of the island of Cyprus in the 1970s, inhabitants of the resort town of Varosha fled, leaving it empty.
  • Residents and tourists planned to return, but the once-glamorous resort was quickly fenced off to the public and has remained so for more than 40 years.
  • Once deemed the "French Riviera of Cyprus," the resort locale of Varosha in the city of Famagusta is abandoned and decaying.
  • In August, Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, said he has plans to reopen and rebuild the resort.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The Varosha district of Famagusta, Cyprus, was once a booming resort town visited by the rich and famous.

However, after the area was taken over by Turkish forces in 1974, Varosha was blocked off to visitors and quickly fell into disrepair.

Today, Varosha is marked by collapsing hotels and the eerie remnants left behind by those who lived, worked, and vacationed in the town. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is now discussing plans to reopen the resort town, but the area is nothing like it was 40 years ago.

Take a look inside the abandoned ghost town once considered the "French Riviera of Cyprus."

Read the original article on Insider
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