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11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
Nicosia Airport, Cyprus

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Nicosia Airport, Cyprus

This airport on the island of Cyprus was once the nation's hub airport. However, after the invasion by Turkish forces in 1974, the airport ceased operations. It has never reopened, though parts are still used by UN personnel on an extended peacekeeping mission on the island. The planes and terminal areas have deteriorated over time, but still offer a glimpse into the bygone era of aviation. There are even faded posters with advertisements that give the terminal a “frozen in time” feel. Parts of Nicosia actually bear the scars of the fighting that took place there during the conflict that eventually led to the airport's permanent closure.