Oldest Leper Colony In Europe Closes


Spinalonga used to be a leper colony — the oldest in Europe until it closed in 1957.



The last inhabitant of Spinalonga (which is in Crete) was a priest, who left in 1962. Lepers were to have entered the island through “Dante’s Tunnel” partly because they didn’t know what would happen to them, but once in Spinalonga, they were treated fairly well, receiving food, water and even social security from the government.

photo from wikipedia via www.thoughtcatalog.com/michael-koh/2013/10/17-abandoned-places-around-the-world-that-you-probably-didnt-know-about/

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