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Spinalonga- the leper colony
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Spinalonga, Crete 2014
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Spinalonga 1935 with english subtittles
Spinalonga 1935 with english subtittles
Published: 2016/05/30
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Σπιναλόγκα - Spinalonga 1927
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: AGN Channel
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Spinalonga
Spinalonga
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Spinalonga - dropro
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Spinalonga: La isla de los leprosos
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Spinalonga The Island
Spinalonga The Island
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Horror ghost places in Crete 2016. Old abandoned island Spinalonga  exploring 2016.
Horror ghost places in Crete 2016. Old abandoned island Spinalonga exploring 2016.
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: Light Channel
Spinalonga island Crete 2016
Spinalonga island Crete 2016
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spinalonga
Published: 2008/01/11
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Spinalonga - the lepers
Spinalonga - the lepers' island
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KRETA - Spinalonga - wyspa trędowatych
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Spinalonga Leper Colony Island Crete pt 1
Spinalonga Leper Colony Island Crete pt 1
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: Ghost Warriors
Heroin In Tahiti - Spinalonga
Heroin In Tahiti - Spinalonga
Published: 2015/05/19
Channel: PisumSativum
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Published: 2016/06/18
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Spinalonga - Stumme Zeugen
Spinalonga - Stumme Zeugen
Published: 2011/05/11
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arrêtez... (Spinalonga)
arrêtez... (Spinalonga)
Published: 2010/09/21
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Spinalonga Trip | Crete 2016
Spinalonga Trip | Crete 2016
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Spinalonga - Eine sehenswerte Insel auf Kreta
Spinalonga - Eine sehenswerte Insel auf Kreta
Published: 2013/01/15
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Spinalonga the island of lepers that became a tourist attraction
Spinalonga the island of lepers that became a tourist attraction
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: milero1000
Trophy Wife - Spinalonga
Trophy Wife - Spinalonga
Published: 2011/01/03
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CRETE île de Spinalonga.
CRETE île de Spinalonga.
Published: 2011/01/06
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Mikko - Train to Spinalonga (video_HD)
Mikko - Train to Spinalonga (video_HD)
Published: 2012/09/27
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Crete | Spinalonga Guide Tour
Crete | Spinalonga Guide Tour
Published: 2014/07/29
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2011 - KRETA - Spinalonga
2011 - KRETA - Spinalonga
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Spinalonga Island.  Leper Colony 2016. Kreta, Creta.
Spinalonga Island. Leper Colony 2016. Kreta, Creta.
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: kadeem2000
SHE JUMPED!! (CRETE, SPINALONGA, AGIOS NIKOLAOS)
SHE JUMPED!! (CRETE, SPINALONGA, AGIOS NIKOLAOS)
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Brad Abroad
Spinalonga - Culprits
Spinalonga - Culprits
Published: 2015/05/09
Channel: DarkIsTheFuture
Spinalonga ( Kalydon) Island Crete ✔
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Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: My Travel Channel
Spinalonga
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Published: 2009/07/29
Channel: Joyce Mollet
Spinalonga Kreta
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Published: 2013/09/03
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SPINALONGA (crète) le 8 mai 2013
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Σπιναλόγκα Trailer / SpinaLonga (2007)
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Published: 2009/10/08
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Spinalonga - 2016 (Norsk versjon).
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Spinalonga- Agios Nikolaos
Spinalonga- Agios Nikolaos
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Spinalonga, Crete / Leper island,  GREECE
Spinalonga, Crete / Leper island, GREECE
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Channel: Filip B.
Bucht von Spinalonga / Agios Nikolaos
Bucht von Spinalonga / Agios Nikolaos
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Channel: Jan Meincke
Spinalonga, Greece: a video tour
Spinalonga, Greece: a video tour
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: Doug Counsell
Spinalonga, Crete
Spinalonga, Crete
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Spinalonga - Tide
Spinalonga - Tide
Published: 2014/11/26
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Kreta: TUI Ausflug Das Geheimnis Spinalonga
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SPINALONGA ( Lepers island) CRETE - GREECE
SPINALONGA ( Lepers island) CRETE - GREECE
Published: 2009/09/22
Channel: RON SR
AGIOS NIKOLAUS  ALONDA  SPINALONGA ISLAND CRETE - GREECE
AGIOS NIKOLAUS ALONDA SPINALONGA ISLAND CRETE - GREECE
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Crete 2016 Chapter Spinalonga
Crete 2016 Chapter Spinalonga
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Spinalonga 2017 - Lervold
Spinalonga 2017 - Lervold
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Spinalonga, Ostrvo Krit, Letovanje Krit, Leto Krit, Leto Malia, Letovanje Malia
Spinalonga, Ostrvo Krit, Letovanje Krit, Leto Krit, Leto Malia, Letovanje Malia
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Spinalonga (Kalydon)
Native name: Σπιναλόγκα (Καλυδών)
20090620 Spinalogka Elounta panoramic view from the mountain.jpg
Panoramic view from the mountain
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Geography
Coordinates 35°17′51″N 25°44′17″E / 35.29750°N 25.73806°E / 35.29750; 25.73806Coordinates: 35°17′51″N 25°44′17″E / 35.29750°N 25.73806°E / 35.29750; 25.73806
Archipelago Cretan Islands
Area 0.085 km2 (0.033 sq mi)
Administration
Greece
Region Crete
Regional unit Lasithi
Demographics
Population 0 (2001)

The island of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), officially known as Kalydon (Καλυδών), is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, in Lasithi, next to the town of Plaka. The island is further assigned to the area of Kalydon. It is near the Spinalonga peninsula ("large Spinalonga") – which often causes confusion as the same name is used for both. The official Greek name of the island today is Kalydon.

Originally, Spinalonga was not an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defence purposes and a fort was built there.[citation needed]

During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island.[citation needed] The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.

Origin of the name[edit]

Map of Elounda, Spinalonga and surrounding areas.

According to Venetian documents, the name of the island originated in the Greek expression στην Ελούντα stin Elounda (meaning "to Elounda"). The Venetians could not understand the expression so they familiarized it using their own language, and called it spina "thorn" longa "long", an expression that was also maintained by the locals. The Venetians were inspired for this expression by the name of an island near Venice called by the same name and which is known today as the island of Giudecca.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli reports that Spinalonga was not always an island, but was once linked with the adjacent Peninsula Spinalonga. He mentions that in 1526, the Venetians cut down a portion of the peninsula and thus created the island. Because of its position the island was fortified from its earliest years in order to protect the entranceway of the port of Ancient Olous.

Arab raids[edit]

Olous, and accordingly the wider region, were depopulated at the middle of the 7th century because of the raids of the Arab pirates in the Mediterranean. Olous remained deserted until the mid-15th century when the Venetians began to construct salt-pans in the shallow and salty waters of the gulf. Subsequently, the region acquired commercial value and became inhabited. This, in combination with the emergent Turkish threat, particularly after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and the continuous pirate raids, forced the Venetians to fortify the island.

Venetian rule[edit]

A view of the Venetian fortifications

In 1578 the Venetians charged the engineer Genese Bressani to plan the island's fortifications. He created blockhouses at the highest points of the northern and southern side of the island, as well as a fortification ring along the coast that closed out any hostile disembarkation. In 1579, the Provveditore Generale of Crete, Luca Michiel, put the foundation stone of the fortifications, built over the ruins of an acropolis. There are two inscriptions that cite this event, one on the transom of the main gate of the castle and the other on the base of the rampart at the north side of the castle. In 1584, the Venetians, realising that the coastal fortifications were easy to conquer by the enemies attacking from the nearby hills, decided to strengthen their defence by constructing new fortifications at the top of the hill. The Venetian fire would thus have bigger range, rendering Spinalonga an impregnable sea fortress, one of the most important in the Mediterranean basin.

Spinalonga, along with Gramvousa and Souda, remained in Venetian hands even after the rest of Crete fell to the Ottomans in the Cretan War (1645–1669) and until 1715, when they fell to the Ottomans during the last Ottoman–Venetian War.[1] These three forts defended Venetian trade routes and were also useful bases in the event of a new Venetian-Turkish war for Crete.[2] Many Christians found refuge in these fortresses to escape persecution from the Ottoman Turks.

Island of Spinalonga

Ottoman rule[edit]

In 1715, the Ottoman Turks captured Spinalonga taking over the last remaining Venetian fortress and removing the last trace of Venetian military presence from the island of Crete.[3]

Cretan revolt[edit]

At the end of the Ottoman occupation the island, together with the fort at Ierapetra, was the refuge of many Ottoman families that feared Christian reprisals.[4] After the revolution of 1866 other Ottoman families came to the island from all the region of Mirabello. During the Cretan revolt of 1878, only Spinalonga and the fortress at Ierapetra were not taken by the Christian Cretan insurgents.[5] In 1881 the 1112 Ottomans formed their own community and later, in 1903, the last Turks left the island.

20th century leper colony[edit]

The island was subsequently used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. It is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. The last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. This was to maintain the religious tradition of the Greek Orthodox church, in which a buried person has to be commemorated at following intervals of 40 days; 6 months; 1 year; 3 years; and 5 years, after their death. Other leper colonies that have survived Spinalonga include Tichileşti in Eastern Romania, Fontilles in Spain and Talsi in Latvia. As of 2002, few lazarettos remain in Europe.[6]

There were two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers' entrance, a tunnel known as "Dante's Gate". This was so named because the patients did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived. However, once on the island they received food, water, medical attention and social security payments. Previously, such amenities had been unavailable to Crete's leprosy patients, as they mostly lived in the area's caves, away from civilization.

Spinalonga today[edit]

Today, the uninhabited island is a popular tourist attraction in Crete. In addition to the abandoned leper colony and the fortress, Spinalonga is known for its small pebble beaches and shallow waters. The island can easily be accessed from Plaka, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. Tourist boats depart from all three towns on a daily basis (every 30 minutes from Elounda). There is no accommodation on Spinalonga, meaning all tours last only a few hours. Boat trips from Elounda take approximately 25 minutes while trips departing Agios Nikolaos can take almost an hour. Round trip fare from Plaka is 8 Euro, from Elounda 10 Euro. Entrance to the island costs 8 Euro/adult.

In popular culture[edit]

West bank of Spinalonga

Spinalonga featured in the British television series Who Pays the Ferryman? and Werner Herzog's experimental short film Last Words. It is the (unnamed) setting of Ali Smith's short story The Touching of Wood (in Free Love and Other Stories, 1995). It is also the setting for the 2005 novel The Island by Victoria Hislop, the story of a family's ties to the leper colony; the book was adapted for television in the television series To Nisi by Mega Channel Greece.[7]

The short story "Spinalonga" by John Ware, about a tourist group that visits the island, was included in the 13th Pan Book of Horror.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maltezou, Crete under Venetian rule, p. 159
  2. ^ Detorakis, Turkish rule in Crete, p. 343
  3. ^ Detorakis, Turkish rule in Crete, p. 338
  4. ^ Detorakis, Turkish rule in Crete, p. 385
  5. ^ Detorakis, Turkish rule in Crete, p. 406
  6. ^ "Peel Island". GNT History. Retrieved 27 March 2005. 
  7. ^ Mega takes on ‘The Island’
  8. ^ "The Pan Books Of Horror Stories". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 

Sources[edit]

  • Maltezou, Chrysas A. (1988). "Η Κρήτη κατα τη Βενετοκρατία ("Crete under Venetian rule")". In Panagiotakis, Nikolaos M. Crete, History and Civilization (in Greek). II. Vikelea Library, Association of Regional Associations of Regional Municipalities. pp. 105–162. 
  • Detorakis, Theocharis (1988). "Η Τουρκοκρατία στην Κρήτη ("Turkish rule in Crete")". In Panagiotakis, Nikolaos M. Crete, History and Civilization (in Greek). II. Vikelea Library, Association of Regional Associations of Regional Municipalities. pp. 333–436. 
  • Hislop, Victoria (2005). The Island. 
  • Hislop, Victoria (2008). La Isla. Spain: Nabla Ediciones. ISBN 978-84-92461-00-4. 
  • Zorbas, Victor. Spinalonga,The Isle Of The Damned. 
  • Spinalonga-Paradise or Purgatory ? (1986) by Beryl Darby. The Star, 46,1,6–16, (The only one reference concerning the Spinalonga leprosy colony.)

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