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This Eerie Abandoned Airport Has Been Frozen In Time Since 1974

by Malcolm Freberg

New footage captured within an abandoned Cyprus airport by a Dutch adventurer will give you some serious creeps.

Filmmaker Bob Thissen recently perused the depths of Nicosia International Airport for his YouTube channel Exploring the Unbeaten Path. Once a bustling, state-of-the-art tourism hub, the airport was deserted and bombed in 1974 following a military uprising. The United Nations eventually established a buffer zone on Cyprus amid violent tensions between the island’s Turkish and Greek sectors; located inside that no-man’s-land, the airport has since been left to rot.

Access to the former war zone is heavily regulated, and most of the property is surrounded by barbed wire. As such, Thissen’s footage shows a dystopian landscape that has barely been touched by man for more than four decades. You can see bullet holes and shattered glass — reminders of the conflict that shut the airport down for good — as well as abandoned airplanes and terminal chairs covered in bird droppings. Signs that guide passengers and warn against tipping remain, but they’ve been directing no one but ghosts since the mid-1970s.

“It’s some kind of holy grail for urban explorers, but only [a] few have managed to get inside — legally or illegally,” Thissen said in his video, adding, “The only thing you heard was dripping water and pigeons. Like humanity disappeared.”

It seriously looks like the set of a post-apocalyptic movie…

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