The Former Leper Colony in Crete

Controlled by the Venetians in the 17th century, Spinalonga, which translates to “long thorn” fell to the ottomans in 1715 before becoming one of the last leper colonies in Europe.

Spinalonga Island, A Place of Living History

It was then turned into a powerful island fortress by General Proveditor of Crete Giacomo Foscarini which made it impenetrable by pirates that threatened Venice’s commerce.

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Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete

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Welcome to Crete, the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea.