When you have the afternoon off work, most people catch up on laundry, chill in bed watching tv or pop to the beach if it’s a nice day. My afternoons off seem to go off the beaten track a bit, going against the grain and I do things like exploring abandoned places.
Theletra is a small village here in the district of Paphos which was left abandoned after an earthquake roughly 40 years ago. However, it wasn’t left completely abandoned. Whilst most people set up base higher in hills to what is now known as New Theletra, some people refused to give up their homes and remain there today in Old Theletra. These homes have been renovated and sit amongst the ruins of the village. Wandering around the village, it strikes me how I would personally find it creepy to live there; living in the middle of no where with only one or two other houses in your village occupied and the rest of the village ruined. To me, it sounds like the plot line to the latest horror movie, no thanks!
It shows how quickly people fled the village after the earthquake as some of the houses have been left behind with jackets hung on clothes pegs, bottles still on shelves, bicycles secured and even old text books forgotten. Whilst slightly every, the left belongings give the village and homes a history and a story.
Whilst Theletra is only small and the road to get there pretty dodgy, the village has a charming character and breathtaking views over the hills. Although the village no longer has many people living there, it still has it’s own life.
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