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Famagusta, Cyprus

From series “Abandoned Places of the Earth with Distinct Marks of Civilization”
One of the world's most famous ghost town of Famagusta is located in Cyprus. Today, it’s difficult to imagine that a few years ago this place has been a popular holiday destination for thousands of tourists. The popular resort town once completely emptied because of the war between Greece and Turkey. By some quirk of fate, the city was on the border between the two rival states. Today, it is fenced with a barbed wire. For many years, the two countries can not come to an agreement about one that has to own a former resort town.

Famagusta, Cyprus Over the years, the city was completely looted. Almost all the buildings on its territory can not be reversed. An access to the city is strictly prohibited and may be life-threatening, because military forces are constantly watching the disputed territory. Modern travelers have an opportunity to admire the town only from behind the barbed wire. Famagusta is quite a big city. The first mention of it dates back to 3 century BC. Once, there was a small village of fishermen. Its golden age occurred in the period from 1960 to 1970.

During this period, its area has grown substantially, and the population reached a record of 40 000 people. The city had a highly developed industrial sector. There were large factories producing tobacco, food, clothing, and transport equipment. The tourist industry raised significant funds too. In 1974, Turkish troops invaded the city. It was empty in a few days. Now it is slowly being destroyed under the influence of the moist sea climate. Next - Villa Epecuen


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Türkiye İş Bankası Bankamatik' located in 0.01 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Komtur Rent A Car' is located in 0.2 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Canova Petrol' in 0.29 km
Supermarket: 'Barış Market' in 0.15 km
Parking: 'Otopark' in 0.52 km
Apotheek: 'Petek Eczanesi' in 0.08 km
Police station: 'Polis Karakolu' in 1.05 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Arıkan Restoran' in 0.1 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Larnaca Airport LCA - in 40 km
 »  RAF Akrotiri Airport AKT - in 104 km
 »  Paphos Airport PFO - in 140 km
 »  Bassel Al-Assad International Airport LTK - in 185 km
 »  Rafic Hariri Airport BEY - in 202 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Famagusta

Apartment Dheryneia

Located in 6 km from Famagusta
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Rooms: 1
The air-conditioned Dheryneia apartments consist of 2 separate bedrooms and an open-plan area with kitchen, living room and dining table. They are … More: photo, rates and booking
Kronos Holiday Apartments

Located in 8 km from Famagusta
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Rooms: 9
Overlooking the pool or the surrounding area, the apartments of Kronos have a seating area and a kitchen with dining area, stove and microwave. Each … More: photo, rates and booking
Varvara Gardens

Located in 9 km from Famagusta
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Rooms: 19
The air-conditioned apartments at Varvara are bright and modernly furnished. They all consist of 2 separate bedrooms and an open-plan area with fully … More: photo, rates and booking
Malama Beach Holiday Village

Located in 10 km from Famagusta
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Rooms: 166
All suites at Malama Holiday Village feature an en suite bedroom, living room and kitchen. Each unit is air conditioned and has a balcony with views … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Varosha
2 km - Varosha
Among the abandoned cities of the world there are many large resorts. Cypriot town of Varosha is among them. Just a few decades ago it was one of the most popular and prosperous resorts on the island. Everything changed in 1974 when the city turned to be occupied by …
Berengaria Hotel
102 km - Berengaria Hotel
The main mystical attraction of Cyprus is the abandoned Berengaria Hotel. Its opening has taken place over 80 years ago. The luxury hotel has been focused on the wealthiest tourists and has brought considerable income to the owner. After the founder's death, his …
Κourion Ancient Amphitheater
108 km - Κourion Ancient Amphitheater
One of the most beautiful and interesting for visiting amphitheatres is located in Kourion. It will amaze travellers with its majestic appearance, the beauty of the preserved antique mosaics and the magnificent panoramic view that opens from spectators’ seats. The …
Byblos
192 km - Byblos
Phoenician city of Byblos, which is nowadays called Jubayl, is also among the oldest cities in the world. In biblical times, it was called Hebe; for thousands of years the city has changed several names, but it hasn’t lost its historic charm and mystery. Ancient …
Casa Brutale
195 km - Casa Brutale
Work on the implementation of a unique project to build a villa Casa Brutale has begun in Beirut. The main feature of the brutal villa is that it will be built right on the rocky cliff above the Aegean Sea. The original building is the perfect home for those who love …
Beyrouth
197 km - Beyrouth
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Top destination around Famagusta - Famagusta

In the Middle Ages, the cathedral was converted into a mosque by Turkish invaders; it has received its current name relatively recently, in 1954. At the entrance to the cathedral there is the most important natural landmark, an ancient fig tree. It’s supposed that it was planted during the construction.
The must see sight is the St. Barnabas Monastery. Since the late Middle Ages, it remains one of the most revered holy sites on the island. During the long history, the building has repeatedly changed its appearance. The building got its current look in the 18th century. The part of the monastery is converted into a historical museum that houses unique artifacts and archaeological finds of different ages.

The Othello's Tower built in the 14th century to protect the rapidly developing city has perfectly preserved to this day. After Venetians arrival fortifications were significantly extended and city has served as an artillery base for some time. Many marvelous legends are associated with the fortress; they explain the direct association with the famous Shakespearean character.
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