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Life in the city


After the end of the Second World War a new era dawned on Famagusta . The population increased and the city's total surface area expanded significantly. During this time, the sea took on a dominant role in the life of the inhabitants and the first houses and small hotels appeared on the beautiful coastline. Independence was greeted with enthusiasm as it marked the beginning of a promising tourist industry. During the first years of independence, the 7 miles separating the beach of Salamis and that of Deryneia retained all the commercial and economic activity of the city.

The tourist future of Famagusta and the Golden Bay seemed guaranteed as it was not only founded on spectacular sandy beaches but on the exceptional monuments and ruins of Salamis and Enkomi that had been recently revealed to the world through archaeological excavations and findings. Nonetheless, it was the warmth, hospitality, spirit and creativity of the people that made Famagusta so charmingly attractive.

Demokratias Street in Famagusta
Photos by Laurie Patton copyright 1973
Demokratias Street in Famagusta
Photos by Laurie Patton copyright 1973
Demokratias Street in Famagusta
Greetings Card
The Orange Festival,
courtesy of the Nautical Club of Famagusta
The Orange Festival,
Photo: Courtesy Vassos Stylianou
Constantia Hotel
Photo: Courtesy Takis Mourettos
A’ Gymnasium of Famagusta
The Town Hall
The Town Hall
The Edelweiss Cafe in Famagusta
Photos by Laurie Patton copyright 1973

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