What was once a thriving tourist destination is now a sad reminder of the tragedies of war. The city of Varosha in Northern Cyprus was abandoned following a Creek Cypriot coup that led the Turkish military to invade. When it was all over the resort town was fenced off and left to rot.
This week, novelist Paul Cooper posted a series of tweets documenting the rise and fall of the once beautiful coastal city.
Ghost towns are rarely abandoned all at once. Whether caused by catastrophe or economic change, the decline is usually slow.— Paul 🌹📚 Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) March 29, 2018
But the strange story of Varosha, Cyprus, shows how one of the world's most popular tourist destinations became an empty, crumbling ruin overnight. pic.twitter.com/YPM0lNXbds
With the island's tourist industry in tatters, Varosha's luxurious high rise hotels were suddenly worthless. But to the rich Greek Cypriots that owned them, they were still valuable.— Paul 🌹📚 Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) March 29, 2018
Turkey wanted to keep hold of Varosha & trade it back to Greece in exchange for recognition. pic.twitter.com/9vp6HkkSXW
In the decades since 1974, nature has taken over in Varosha. Prickly pears and grasses have cracked the roads & concrete buildings.— Paul 🌹📚 Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) March 29, 2018
Some have even reported seeing sea turtles laying eggs on the deserted beaches where people once sunbathed. pic.twitter.com/RIeFroDZWC
H/T: Twitter Moments