Mirador de Janovas

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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
The Abandoned Village
Jul 2016 • Couples
I had heard of the ghost town Janovas. I wanted to explore it. We eventually found it, thanks to a sign on the right of the road. It said: "Janovas" We parked nearby the sign and walked on a dirt road and then we crossed a bridge where tumultuous water passed by. To our right we found this abandoned village.

All these houses of this village had been partially and some completely destroyed. It blew my mind! It felt like a haunted place with all these dilapidated homes. The church also had been ransacked and the only remaining painting started to fade into nothingness. The dwellings on both sides of streets were not livable any longer. Inside vegetation had taken its place.

Still, a few homes were being reconstructed to its former glory.

I found a sign that explained what had happened here. It is a sad story.

Since the 1950s engineers were planning to build a dam. Javonas and nearby villages were warned that they would have to leave their homes in a few years. In the 60s, the company took it more seriously, ordering the locals to leave. Still, many continued to live in their lovely village.

This made the company mad. They started to dynamite abandoned homes in the village, with children nearby.

The school board refused to close the school as long as students were still attending it. On February 4, 1966 the company came to the school, dragged the teacher by her hair and ex-pulsed the children savagely, against school board policies. They closed the school, burned the crops, cut down fruit trees and anything else that would motivate the villagers to leave.

Still a couple of families remained in this hostile atmosphere. They eventually left the village in 1984.

A few years later the company scrapped the construction of the dam. After so many years, most houses were terribly damaged. Some homes had nothing left. There were no roads. In 2005 the dam was officially canceled. Still no one were allowed to come back to Javonas.

However, a couple of homes have been renovated now. Money is needed to make this village livable again.

That opened my eyes quite wide. Those poor people! This village, although damaged, looks like it had been quite a lovely place. I hope that these inhabitants will be able to come back one day.
Written 11 September 2016
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