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Crete Sunset

shayna-3Goodnight Crete. Time to move on.

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Caïque on Elounda Bay

caique2Casque traditional Greek fishing boat, Elounda Bay, Crete – 2015


Stairs – Spinalonga , Crete

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Spinalonga Venetian Fortress and Leper Colony, Crete – 2015

 


The Leper Colony of Spinalonga

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Spialonga (Kalydon) is a Greek island in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete.  The island has a long and turbulent history given its strategic location protecting the waters around the ancient city of Olous (Elounda), one of the most important towns on Crete between 3000-900 BC. In the 16th century the Venetians built the first bastion-type fortress on Spinalonga to protect the entranceway of the port of Olous. The fortress was key in helping the Venetians defend against the attacks of the Turks led by Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha, also know as the pirate Barbarossa. The island later fell to the Ottoman Turks, who held the island until 1903, after Crete won its independence

In  1903 a leper colony was established on the island. Cretans with leprosy were then rounded up from the caves where they had been forced to take refuge and sent to Spinalonga, where they received medical care, food, and shelter.  The leper colony was maintained for approximately 50 years, until soon after a cure for leprosy was discovered  in 1948 . The last of the lepers left the island in 1957. Approximately 400 people inhabited the colony during its era as a leper colony.

 


Church Bell On Spinalonga Island, Crete

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Bell on the  Church of St George on the island of Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete, Greece. The church dates back to 1661 AD.


Caïque Boat at Sunrise – Crete, Greece

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Caïque Passing Spinalonga as Sunrise

Fall 2015 brings us to the Greek island of Crete. The tranquility of a cool sunrise is broken by the slow puttering of a traditional Caïque Greek fishing boat as it passes between the mainland town of Plaka and the island of Spinalonga in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete.