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Abandoned Buildings Atop the Cliffs of Poyrazkoy

One of the stops on our day trip Bosphorus Cruise was to a tiny fishing village where the Maramara Sea and Black Sea meet: Poyrazköy. I have been wanting to share these photos for a while. I finally decided “Why not for the Travel Photo Thursday that Budget Travelers Sandbox does?”

Other than looking a bit creepy, there is nothing haunted about these abandoned buildings. (That anyone would admit to anyway.) We encountered them on a rainy afternoon.

In warmer weather (we took this cruise back in December), this is the part of the cruise where they’d anchor just off shore and let cruisers swim in the Black Sea. Since it was definitely not swimming weather, they instead led us up a steep hill to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea.

That’s where we saw these abandoned buildings. They were part of an old military complex that used to be there.

It would’ve been neat to swim in the Black Sea, but standing before it was also thrilling. Like I’d done the day earlier when I’d seen the Aegean Sea, I pinched myself. Yep, felt it. I really was looking at something I’d only read of before that.

Perhaps the most macabre thing about the experience was that our guide explained why the Black Sea is called that. Evidently there is a spot within it where nothing can live. No, not just that. Living things that encounter the waters in this spot die. It’s apparently toxic or poisonous or something.

But that place is farther out away from land. There is plenty of life that thrives in the waters of the Black Sea. And plenty of resorts line its shores and offer beachgoers respite. Weather permitting of course.

This is Poiros (sp?), Poyrazkoy’s canine welcoming committee.
Poiros getting a whiff of the latest visitors to his little fishing village.
One of the abandoned buildings atop the cliff.


Cool door leading to emptiness.


This was more like a tunnel entrance. It had stairs leading down to…? What was there is there no more.


The Black Sea below. On this day it certainly lived up to its name.


Bird’s eye view of Poyrazkoy below, where our boat was docked and waiting to ferry us off to the next stop.
Courtney Mroch

Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ’s Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she’s not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it’s a safe bet you’ll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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14 thoughts on “Abandoned Buildings Atop the Cliffs of Poyrazkoy

  1. Interesting and spooky shots. I didn’t know before how the Black Sea got its name — so mysterious. The tunnel entrance really intrigues me.

  2. What a cool post and a cool blog!! I love it! Have you been to Austin, TX before? Lots of paranormal activity – including haunted caverns!!

    I host a Friday photo meme called Friday Daydreamin’ – I’d love for you to link up if you have the time!

  3. Hey Beca! Thx for the invite and tip. I’ll swing by and check that out. And Austin is on my list. I have not jaunted much in Texas at all. Well, none in fact. But boy do I want to!

  4. Thx Cathy! The rainy day sort of helped. Not sure they would’ve looked as spooky in bright sunshine. Kind of kismet-y that we visited them on the day we did. (The only day of our 8 in Turkey when there was rain.)

  5. Great post! What better day to visit a spooky place than on one that’s rainy. Interesting info. on the Black Sea.

    AND…..welcome to Travel Photo Thursday. You’ll find us to be a friendly group.

  6. That’s what freaked me out, Sabrina. I wouldn’t venture inside, not even to take cover from the rain. I was afraid what I might find, which may have been a path to…?

  7. Photo #3 looks VERY SPOOKY and not a place I’d want to spend the night alone. I’ve been to the Black Sea under sunny skies and absolutely loved it.

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