Spinalonga

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The island (spinalonga) by nikonbluebird, via Flickr

The island (spinalonga) by nikonbluebird, via Flickr

Spinalonga - former leper colony. Beautiful island, fascinating history.

Spinalonga - former leper colony. Beautiful island, fascinating history.

Spinalonga is a small island located off the island of Crete. Today Spingalonga is known as the leper island. In around 1903 although the dates...

Spinalonga is a small island located off the island of Crete. Today Spingalonga is known as the leper island. In around 1903 although the dates...

Spinalonga is famous for being the last active leper colony in Europe, being used from 1903 until 1957. The last inhabitant, a priest, left in 1962.   There are two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers' entrance, a tunnel known as Dante's Gate. This was so named because the lepers did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived.

Spinalonga is famous for being the last active leper colony in Europe, being used from 1903 until 1957. The last inhabitant, a priest, left in 1962. There are two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers' entrance, a tunnel known as Dante's Gate. This was so named because the lepers did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived.

Spinalonga ruins

Spinalonga ruins

Crete, Spinalonga

Crete, Spinalonga

Crete, (this picture shows Spinalonga island, a former leper colony which you can visit by boat from Elounda

Crete, (this picture shows Spinalonga island, a former leper colony which you can visit by boat from Elounda

Spinalonga

Spinalonga

Crete, Spinalonga

Crete, Spinalonga

Spinalonga

Spinalonga


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