Famagusta is probably the most historic city in North Cyprus. It is full of ancient buildings, churches and of course the famous city walls. These are well noted in guide books and are major attractions for tourists.
However, they are deteriorating due to lack of maintenance. Okan Dagli, a spokesman for the Famagusta Initiative, said that the historic monuments had been abandoned to their fate and some were in danger of collapsing. He said that the 500 year old city walls that stretch for nearly 4 kilometres were in danger and needed urgent attention.
Mr Dagli pointed out that the Antiquities and Museums Department had always employed two or three stonemasons. However now, on its payroll of 50 employees there were none.