AbstractHow can a prohibited and enclosed militaryzone—the only enclosed, abandoned area in the world—be changed back into an attractive place for sightseeing? This essay explores Varosha (Cyprus), one of the most cosmopolitan tourist resorts in the Mediterranean during the 1960s, which was transformed into a prohibited military zone in 1974. The locals living near the area of Varosha, confronted with institutional intransigence, have found ways to temper the predominant conflict-zone image of a ruined and prohibited ghost town by appropriating it as a tourist attraction. This paper describes how the voyeuristic fascination of tourists to get closer to Varosha has enticed the locals to improvise tourism practices along the perimeter of the prohibited zone, thus furthering the complexities of the juxtaposed landscapes of tourism and militarism.
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