Offbeat Video

By Josh Saunders


The ‘Holy Grail for urban explorers’ has been captured on film documenting the inside of the time-capsule abandoned airport FROZEN IN TIME at the year 1974.

Due to its very high security and regular patrols, very few people make it inside Nicosia Airport, near Lakatamia in Cyprus, Greece, according to YouTube team Exploring the Unbeaten Path. 

The small site allowed predominantly wealthier individuals to leave the country, until it was bombed and left to decay in 1974 following Turkish invasion.   

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For the last 44 years, the airport has slowly decomposed and crumbled, with the once comfy chairs in the lounges smothered in pigeon faeces and amassed in dust.

Remaining as a mere time-capsule now, the location holds logbooks from the 1950s, signs forbidding tipping and razor wire in sections – a reminder that it was once an active warzone.

Abandoned planes rest in its hangers, including a bombed Avro Shackleton, a British long-range marine patrol aircraft.

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Bob Thissen, of Heerlen, Netherlands, visited the site earlier this year, managing to find a way into this barely accessible location.

He said: “It’s some kind of holy grail for urban explorers, but only few have managed to get inside. Legally or illegally.

“We knew it was on the same grounds as the headquarters, so we could expect patrols.

“We made it inside but getting out unseen was more difficult. We got stuck in the building the whole day, because of some intense patrolling.

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“It’s abandoned due the Turkish invasion in 1974 when it was bombed and has been decaying ever since. It’s frozen in time.

“Only the elements of nature have affected the building, you can’t find a single tag in the building. The only visitors are pigeons.

“It’s rare that a building stays in that condition for so long. The conflict just continues and the buffer zone only crumbles further. 

“The only thing you heard was dripping water and pigeons. Like humanity disappeared.

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“It’s sad that this terminal which was full of life was abandoned due a war conflict. You remember it’s a warzone when you see all the razor wire.

“The best part was the departure lobby in the terminal. There are some cool designed chairs and piles of pigeon poo. With the light tubes it has a nice natural lightning too.

“It was also nice to see the old posters and design of that time. You could also see travelling was only for the rich people. 

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“It was only a very small airport and I guess there were barely any security measurements like we have them these days.

“The abandoned planes on the terrain are also cool. Unfortunately I could not get close to one of them. But we saw the Avro Shackleton from the inside, this plane was bombed.

“Also the sign: tipping porters not allowed was cool.

“There aren’t many artefacts left, there are some old reports from the 50s from the border patrol on which some incidents are written – such as people who didn’t get through customs.”