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Report - Istinjio Abandoned village - Cyprus, July 2013

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Seagull, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Seagull

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    It’s not uncommon to come across virtually deserted villages throughout Paphos Region. Many of these villages became ghost towns after the Turkish invasion of Northern Cyprus in 1974. As the Turks-Cypriots fled north, they left their homes as they were. The land and property being held protected for the day they might return. The result is that villages stand empty for nearly 40 years now, during which time they have decayed to the point of being ruins.

    More than one quarter of the population of Cyprus was expelled from the occupied northern part of the island where Greek Cypriots constituted 80% of the population. A little over a year later in 1975, there was also a flow of roughly 60,000 Turkish Cypriots from the south to the north after the conflict. The Turkish invasion ended in the partition of Cyprus along the UN-monitored Green Line which still divides Cyprus today. In 1983 the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus declared independence, although Turkey is the only country which recognises it.

    As usual a nice ramble on a hot day, many thanks to my friend Mike Mccormac (R.I.P.) for showing me round

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    Marking on house for ID should owner ever return

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    60's wallpaper
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    missing bed

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    Village Mosque

    More pics to follow......... Thanks for looking
     

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