Abandoned places have a unique ambience. They can be scary and creepy, yet exciting. When exploring an abandoned building everything suddenly looks suspicious. A key, a chair, a poster or a piano. You can’t help yourself but think questions such as why, what, when or how. But, that’s why it’s so exciting. You never know what you’ll discover. But, every single thing you find, every new dark room you get in and every sound you hear makes you have an adrenaline rush.
However, when I went for a holiday in Crete one of the places I mostly wanted to visit, was the small island of Spinalonga. The small island has a long history, and one would say it is one of the most tragic historical areas in Greece. Since the 7th century the island was mainly used as a fort against the colonisers. Today, it is an uninhabited island and one of the most popular touristic attractions of Crete. The last inhabitant of the island was a priest who finally left Spinalonga in 1962.
Spinalonga was one of the leper colonies in Europe from 1903 to 1957. The island closed its borders and most leprosy patients had to live in caves and away from civilisation. Gradually, they started receiving water, food, medical attention and other amenities but they were still living away from the rest of the civilisation.
Nowadays, the island is abandoned yet the Greek government is maintaining the island as a historical and touristic attraction. People can explore the abandoned houses, churches and chapels, streets and forts. The entire island has an eerie ambience. Knowing the struggles of the people it gives off a sorrowful feeling. However, I cannot deny that at Spinalonga I saw some of the most beautiful views while travelling.
Here is a collection of photos from this beautiful, eerie abandoned island.
Enjoy and have a good day:)