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Once a lively tourist haven in the city of Famagusta, Varosha  has remained abandoned and strictly off-limits to urban explorers since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.  It’s a far cry from the days when the elegant hotels and restaurants along JFK Boulevard and Leonidas hosted the likes Dame Elizabeth Taylor, with the abandoned buildings of Varosha now crumbling in ways that remind of The World Without Us.

7 Eerie Abandoned Resorts and Holiday Destinations

Once a lively tourist haven in the city of Famagusta, Varosha has remained abandoned and strictly off-limits to urban explorers since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. It’s a far cry from the days when the elegant hotels and restaurants along JFK Boulevard and Leonidas hosted the likes Dame Elizabeth Taylor, with the abandoned buildings of Varosha now crumbling in ways that remind of The World Without Us.

Opened in 1856, this smallpox hospital on the southern tip of Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) was part of a multitude of public institutions to care for New York City's unfortunate and destitute. The island sits between Queens and Manhattan, and was easily accessible by ferry; it was home to a prison, insane asylum, and other similar facilities.As of 1872, an annual number of 7,000 patients were treated, with an average of 450 deaths. The island was renamed Welfare Island in…

Opened in 1856, this smallpox hospital on the southern tip of Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) was part of a multitude of public institutions to care for New York City's unfortunate and destitute. The island sits between Queens and Manhattan, and was easily accessible by ferry; it was home to a prison, insane asylum, and other similar facilities.As of 1872, an annual number of 7,000 patients were treated, with an average of 450 deaths. The island was renamed Welfare Island in…

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