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The saltworks of Elounda date from the 15th century and were operated up until the 70’s. They were originally built by the Venetians to provide the table salt for the whole Republic of Venice after Venice had lost Cyprus, their main table salt production site, to the Turks. The latter, once they had conquered Crete (in 1669), carried on exploiting the saltworks to provide salt to the Ottoman Empire. Greece regained possession of the saltworks in 1929, at which time the local population was able to freely produce salt according to traditional methods.
I posted another version taken from a different POV in the WS section. It gives a better view of the narrow channel that connects the Spinalonga Bay to the sea.
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Les anciennes salines d’Elounda fonctionnèrent du XVe au début des années 1970. Construites par les Vénitiens, les salines d’Elounda permirent au XVIe siècle de fournir en sel de table la république de Venise qui venait de perdre Chypre, principale productrice de sel, tombée aux mains des Turcs. Ces derniers, une fois la Crète conquise (1669), poursuivirent l’exploitation des salines pour alimenter l’Empire ottoman en sel. La Grèce en reprit possession dès 1929, et la population locale continua à produire librement du sel selon des méthodes artisanales.
J’ai placé une autre vue de l’endroit dans le WS. Elle permet de mieux voir l’étroit chenal qui relie la baie de Spinalonga à la mer.

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