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Aerial photo of Spinalonga Island in Crete, Greece.

Spinalonga Island, Greece: Europe’s Last-Known Leper Colony

Off the island of Crete in Greece, the crumbling remains of Spinalonga Island hold the secrets of a castaway colony from long ago. Spinalonga was initially constructed as a fortress to protect the Port of Olous in the early 1700s. With its steep walls and impenetrable defenses, it remained under Venetian control long after the Ottomans conquered the rest of Crete.