Drone Footage Shows Spooky Views of an Abandoned Cyprus Resort

Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot once vacationed here during its heyday. 

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In the 1960s, Varosha, a suburb of Cyprus, was an elite vacation destination that attracted stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot to its pristine beaches and high-rise hotels. 

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After Turkey invaded the island in 1974, Varosha's 40,000 citizens fled. According to ,  residents are still banned from visiting the abandoned resort, which is now blockaded by a fence that extends to the sea. 

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You won't find many images of Varosha today, but recent drone footage provides a rare glimpse of the ghost town's once-thriving hotels and deserted streets. While the area is currently guarded by Turkish troops, Cyprus recently  Varosha in order to attract tourists. Both Greeks and Turks have expressed interest in reviving the town, but no plans to do so have been publicly announced just yet. 

Take a look at the chilling footage below, then head over to to see images of the property during its heyday. 

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