Web links Other Places of Interest Varosha
[Fritzthecat, 12/06/2007] Michael J. Totten describes his visit to the ghost town Varosha (also known as Varousha and Maras) in his "Middle East Journal". He starts his report with an overview of the history of the part of Famagusta that has been sealed of by the Turkish Army in 1974 and has never been opened to public ever since.
He describes how he tried to get closer to the fenced of area by accessing it from the beach of a holiday resort in Famagusta, and how Turkish soldiers tried to app [more]
[Fritzthecat, 12/06/2007] This wikipedia entry gives a very brief overview on the history of the closed area of Famagusta. It describes how it became a ghost-town and provides some links that are related to the subject which might be of interest.
[Fritzthecat, 12/06/2007] This webpage shows two photographs of the ghost-town. One that was taken before the area was sealed off by the Turkish army in 1974, when Varosha was a developing seaside resort, and one that has been taken recently from outside of the barbed wire fencing that surrounds the city now.
An accompanying text describes how the citizens of Varosha fled their homes - leaving literaly everything behind. Another article, written by Andreas Charalambous (The Washington Post), [more]
[Fritzthecat, 12/06/2007] CivilitasResearch have published an article from The Independent (26/04/2004) about the ghost-town in Famagusta. This article describes the events prior to the occupation of the Northern part of the island by the Turkish Army, how and why Varosha has been sealed off and what lies behind the fence. It also deals with the political problems that arose afterwards and how the UN tried to solve the problem, the Anan plan and the referendum that resulted in the rejection o [more]
[Fritzthecat, 12/06/2007] Rolf Plamberg has taken photographs of the UN Buffer zone and Varousha in Famagusta. On this web-page 10 of his photos, which have been taken in between 1999-2005, can be viewed. The thumbnails on top of the page can be enlarged by clicking on them, explanations on what the photos show are printed underneath.
[Fritzthecat, 12/06/2007] Freaddan has taken a trip to Cyprus in September 2005 and brought back some photos of Varousha which he has published on pbase. The photos show several of the direlict buildings and the view over the coastline of the ghost-town. Every photo can be enlarged by clicking on it and comes with a short explanatory text.