Spinalonga: The most astonishing abandoned town in the world

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The abandoned island of Spinalonga in Greece has been recognised as one of the most photogenic and haunting places to visit in the world.  

Known as the island of outcasts, Spinalonga was originally a place where leprosy patients would stay until they passed.

Between 1904 and 1957, the island formed a natural defence for Elounda harbour and when the venetians arrived, they built a mighty fortress on the original ancient acropolis.

A foundation forming part of the island. Photo: BBC

Today, tourists to the site can visit the roofless leper shop, school, and café, in addition to the incinerator used to burn clothes and the cemetery where people were buried.

According to tourists, the walk around Spinalonga brings remnants of its recent history to life and tempts many to spend longer on the island and learn more about its past.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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