“A symbol of the triumph of the human spirit“
Spinalonga an intriguing island of history and memory. Once a mighty Venetian fort and a prosperous Ottoman settlement it became one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. On the Unesco World Heritage site Spinalonga is described as “a monument to human pain.” However, it is also seen as “a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit, freedom and democracy over oppression.”
There are only 6 other islands in the world with a similar staus.
Spinalonga was the setting for the award winning and best selling novel The Island by Victoria Hislop. It is also featured in Werner Herzog's experimental short film Last Words.