Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spinalonga

Spinalonga is a tiny island off the Crete mainland. Originally it was a Venetian fortress and from 1903 to 1957 it was used as a leper colony. The lepers used to arrive by boat and then walk through a long dark tunnel into the unknown, never to return. Apparently a cure was developed in the 1950's and all of the remaining people left in 1957. The island has been deserted ever since, apart from all of the tourists including ourselves. It was very moving walking through the tunnel into a sad and now peaceful place.

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