Thursday, 30 November 2006
Mansoura: abandoned village, occupied
I heard about Mansoura at the same time I heard about Alevga (as they're on the same page of the Rough Guide to Cyprus), but I didn't get to visit it on the same day, as the light was fading by the time I'd arrived in Alevga and gone before I left.
In the Rough Guide, there was only a throwaway line about 'ex-Turkish Cypriot Mansoura, its houses finally being renovated by squatters as weekend retreats' (Dubin, 2005: 204) and, manifestly, I haven't seen all of Mansoura yet, as the only thing that could possibly be described as "renovated" was the first fountain I saw, as it was newly-painted.
In fact, I drove past most of the "buildings" I ended up taking photos of, only doubling back when I saw the ruined building on the hilltop and the fountain in the hillside, then being stunned by what remains of the once abandoned village, as Mansoura is being made invisible by the way it is used, now it is once again occupied.
Dubin, M. 2005: The Rough Guide to Cyprus. London: Rough Guides.