The island of Spinalonga (official name: Kalidon) is located at the eastern section of Crete, in Lasithi prefecture, near the town of Elounda. The name of the island, Spinalonga, is Venetian, meaning "long thorn", and has roots in the period of Venetian occupation. This location is also the setting for Victoria Hislop's bestselling novel The Island and Werner Herzog's experimental short film Last Words.
20th Century Leper Colony
The island was subsequently used as a leper colony, from 1903 to 1957. It is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. The last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. This was to maintain the religious tradition of the Greek Orthodox church, in which a buried person has to be commemorated at following intervals of 40 days; 6 months; 1 year; 3 years; and 5 years, after their death. Other leper colonies that have survived Spinalonga include Tichilesti in Eastern Romania, Fontilles in Spain and Talsi in Latvia. As of 2002, few lazarettos remain in Europe.
There were two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers' entrance, a tunnel known as Dante's Gate. This was so named because the patients did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived. However, once on the island they received food, water, medical attention and social security payments. Previously, such amenities had been unavailable to Crete's leprosy patients, as they mostly lived in the area's caves, away from civilization.
More about Spinalonga you can read here
Mega Channel in Greece is currently producing a TV series based on the book of Victoria Hislop "The Island", centred around Spinalonga
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siolaw (37642) 2010-10-17 23:24
Kalimera Danos, today neighbour!
Good framing with this boat between the trees, and land in the background to close the compo.
dkmurphys (42483) 2010-10-18 0:41
Interesting image through the bushes. I like the well balanced composition. Beautiful place.
Have a nice day.
kordinator (14795) 2010-10-18 1:02
Great seascape composition.
Well positioned ship,beautiful trees.
Great depth of the image.
In this photo is all in perfect harmony.
Regards my friend
siamesa (27461) 2010-10-18 1:20
Bom dia Danos
Very nice photo of the boat very well framed between the trees. Very good perspective and a beautiful final result. TFS
mursaloglu (8047) 2010-10-18 3:54
iassu dear danos
fantastic composition and very calm picture. Wonderful scale of distance creating by the boat and the hills in background. ine poli omorfo bravo ihsan
jusninasirun (17146) 2010-10-18 4:55
Hi Danos. You have fenced the scene really well with the foliage in the foreground. Well anchored boat in the frame and the view is so beautiful. I love boats and I know I won't be able to have one. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Best regards. Jusni
bobocortis (15918) 2010-10-18 5:00
Nice season-week seascape, deep composition with the fg trees and the center-placed boat.
Cretense (68671) 2010-10-18 5:33
Γεια σου Δάνο!
Εξαιρετικά "ζυγισμένο" και "μελετημένο" κάδρο και σύνθεση, μια πραγματικά πρωτότυπη παρουσιάση της Σπιναλόγκας! Αψογη διαχείριση του φωτός, υπέροχα χρώματα!
nilotpal_patra (1684) 2010-10-18 6:12
Beautiful Picture. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness.
trebuA (0) 2010-10-18 7:57
A nice picture indeed and a good note, but according to the Mediterranean Sea there is much more sunlight in this image than you let see. It's only a matter of taste of course and I hope you don't mind a WS just to show you the difference.
ikeharel (43975) 2010-10-18 8:42
The most known place in Crete - I was there in 2005,I Elunda and Plaka, and also red the book related to the place. facinating place - well taken with the boats in scene.
mauro61 (52545) 2010-10-18 9:22
una bella simmetria quella creata dal tuo scatto con i due tratti di costa in alto, i due alberi in basso e la barca perfettamete inserita in mezzo,
marietom (34607) 2010-10-18 10:01
Jolie scène, dans un beau paysage.
saxo042 (33912) 2010-10-18 12:19
A paradisical and calm holiday view with this calm sea and beautiful view! The foreground trees are holding the boat at place in your composition.
vasilpro (40557) 2010-10-18 12:30
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Πολύ όμορφη σύνθεση με θέα το νησάκι που τόσο λόγος γίνεται τώρα τελευταία, πολύ καλό το καδράρισμα ανάμεσα από τα δυο δένδρα, ωραία φυσικά χρώματα.
Καλό βράδυ, Βασίλης.
Fis2 (76958) 2010-10-18 13:37
Nice composition and POV.
Good colors and light.
HAve a nice evening.
subhendu_bagchi (21024) 2010-10-18 14:38
excellent composition with the boat at middle. The trees in FG add depth to it. Like the two different coloured mountains at horizon. Great job. Tfs.
pierrefonds (51000) 2010-10-18 16:05
The trees in the foreground are helping to frame the scene. The point of view is sending my eyes to the boat in the background which is giving depth to the composition. It is also allowing me to see the details and colors of the boat in the foreground. The good luminosity has a good effect on the colors. have a nice day.
edge (6070) 2010-10-18 21:15
Hello Danos, This is a splendid view of an extremely interesting place as evidenced by your notes. It is well composed with the vessel placed between the foliage. The background which includes a larger boat is almost devoid of any very visible housing, but an interesting shoreline. The color of the water is typical of this part of the world, superb. Outstanding presentation. Regards, Roger
Giorgio (11279) 2010-10-18 23:44
- Quiet and peaceful atmosphere here Danos, sympathetic island, very good composition, good idea for the trees in foreground which frame, well done!
All the best.
Cricri (92167) 2010-10-18 23:45
Belle vue sur île entre les buissons, ainsi que le bateau bien situé entre, belle composition aux couleurs naturels, une note très intéressante de l'endroit
papagolf21 (79548) 2010-10-19 0:25
Bonjour, cher ami Danos,
L'image conjuguée à la note d'accompagnement est parfaite pour mieux comprendre la géographie des lieux, mais également l'aspect historique.
Une très belle image qui vient compléter un album déjà magnifiquement illustré.
JCG (35129) 2010-10-19 1:30
Good use of this natural corridor to carry out us to this splendid boat anchored near of this island. These two thickets also make it possible to give depth to the image. Tourist place which seems quite interesting as we indicates it your instructive note. Thank you Danos.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
Longroute (19392) 2010-10-19 1:33
Very well built composition with this boat at centre which creates a symmetrical image. The place is very attractive (this bay seems the ideal place to stay at anchor...) and I like how the two trees frame the scene.
A nice and interesting capture.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-10-19 4:21
Congratulations for the excellent balalnce of this composition. The boat is particulary well located in the image. The two trees in the Fg give a natural framinf for the boat and too a great depht to the image. large prospect open too to the interesting nad rich in details BG.
adramad (30905) 2010-10-19 5:22
Very nice and relaxing image, a well chosen POV with the lone ship anchored in the bay and the tops of the two trees in harmony with the bottom of the sea.
This soft beautiful color and good light.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
Atousa (7123) 2010-10-19 6:04
A nice view through the trees.. I like the shot's peaceful atmosphere n also its good sense of depth.. interesting details as well.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
Silvio1953 (105467) 2010-10-19 6:30
Ciao Danos, lovely composition with beautiful boat, splendid seascape with wonderful soft colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2010-10-19 6:58
The boat does make an interesting contrast in this beach. Well done.
mauarg (1758) 2010-10-19 8:49
I like a lot the way you have framed the boat between the trees ! Well done !
janusz2054 (306) 2010-10-19 9:08
Wonderful composed picture with natural colors and a fine depth and sharpness.Nice positioned boat between the trees.
UlfE (14132) 2010-10-19 11:37
A very nice boat picture taken with very good timing. The two trees is a perfect lead in to the boat. Very nice natural colours. TFS and have a nice evening!
jlbrthnn (79789) 2010-10-19 14:29
Good evening Danos,
The placement of the trees creates a pleasant visual corridor to discover bay and the boat. Excellent clearness and depth. A serious work, a very pleasant photograph. Cheer.
Have a good evening
AKITA (15125) 2010-10-19 17:39
distant ancient ruins on the hill are fantastic in this fine view shot,
fore twin trees and center boat are very real against illusionary distant hills,
whole ambience is still and settled so much,
thank you for your beautiful shot,
yeln (11502) 2010-10-19 22:56
osamljena turistična ladja počiva v zalivu. vidi se, da je konec turistične sezone. ivljenje se umiri, toda lepote narave ostanejo. lepo delo!! TFS!
Graal (92158) 2010-10-19 23:49
nice composition and view with the sailboat in center. An interesting place and informations about island. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.
s_lush (16048) 2010-10-20 0:36
This view of the lagoon, with the yacht, interesting architecture in the background and beautiful green foreground is very well composed and perfectly captured. Excellent photo, and very useful and informative note.
josepmarin (56479) 2010-10-20 0:51
I like the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere that you have caught in this framing, in which this elegant sailboat rests in the bay in the middle of a fascinating island landscape.
The composition is very harmonic and attractive.
Well done, my friend.
Kielia (21521) 2010-10-20 2:52
I really like your idea of this composition! The overall impression of this fascinating place is wonderful. The gentle light and colors are a pleasure for the eyes. TFS!
claudeD (26946) 2010-10-20 11:13
very fine seaside shot with a very good composition and fine colors.This image make's me think of my last holidays ... TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
pajaran (41681) 2010-10-20 12:08
Mnogo lepo mesto koje plasi svojom prosloscu ...
Odlican tekst, strasna proslost.
Dobra kompozicija, mnogo lepe boje i fotografija, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Svidja mi se trenutak sa usidrenim, lepim malim brodom .
Prijatno vece i lepa mirna noc.
Very nice place that scares its past ...
Excellent text, horrific past.
Good composition, beautiful color and a lot of photos, my congratulations on the good work.
I like the moment of the anchorage, a beautiful boat.
Pleasant evening and a nice quiet night.
All the best.
ciakgiak (30379) 2010-10-20 13:50
un'altra bella immagine estiva composta con grande cura ed attenzione!
Molto bella la collocazione della barca tra i due alberi e paesaggio di assoluta bellezza. Complimenti.
Un caro saluto.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-10-20 14:09
beautiful atmosphere, the composition is very attractive, great view, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
yedirenk (11242) 2010-10-20 16:30
very nice scene with lovely boat on the perfect blue sea..this is must be a wonderful blue cruise in the beautiful Greece..very impressive ambiance.TFS
jemaflor (74044) 2010-10-23 11:35
Well framed with this boat just between these trees, well the view of this interesting island, a good memory for me with the trip to Spinalonga ...
Urs (14078) 2010-10-24 18:54
A perfect shot framed by these bushes left and right and in the middle you have that sailing boat. Very balance shot. Fine pastel color hues with high sharpness too. Well done. Thanks for your critique of my shot from Hat Yai.
Good to be online after so many days
Angshu (52890) 2010-10-24 22:53
Nice picture of the boat framed by the foliage on either side. The BG is interesting with what looks like old fort structures to the left. A good note as always
Have a good week!
mkamionka (27069) 2010-10-25 5:39
I like very much the symmetry here.
Very original composition. Pleasant natural colors,
Have a good day,
baddori (19133) 2010-10-26 14:28
Foto eccezionale ...un caiccio super in una baja incantata ..
Un'altra bella foto della tua terra.
Un grande successo meritato....
Grazie per la condivisione
Selmik (2911) 2010-10-29 20:04
Good evening Danos,
magnificent scenery, beautiful composition, like how the ship is being framed by the trees and perspective which ends up at the opposite side of marine.
Have a nice weekend,
geoant68 (2861) 2011-04-01 7:03
Γεια σου Δάνο,
το ενδιάμεσο κενό από τους θάμνους οδηγεί το μάτι στο ιστιοφόρο και στη επάνω στο νησί.Οι λεπτομέρειες και το φως είναι εξαιρετικά.
jmdias (48341) 2012-07-12 17:20
very beautiful framing with the sailing boat well positioned between the trees and the marvelous landscape and its details ahead. nice job. TFS.
clic (12467) 2012-07-23 16:51
Geia sou Danos
You present an interesting view and explanations about the leper's island that composes with the near bushes a confined area so the lone boat can rest quietly!
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-01-13 2:45
Καλημέρα Δάνο, η Ελούντα απο τη μιά μεριά, η Σπιναλόγκα απο την άλλη!
Τί ομορφιά, τί θέα, το φύση, τί θάλασσα!
Αξλεχαστες αναμνήσεις απο τήν ευλογημένη αυτή γη τής Κρήτης πού δεν τήν βαρυέται κανείς ποτέ!
Απλά, εξαιρετικά στοιχεία μιας καλλιεργημένης υπερήφανης και πολύ εκλεπτυσμένης περιοχής όπως είναι και η φωτογραφια σου άλλωστε!
Να έχεις μια καλή και ξεκούραστη Κυριακή!!
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (78112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-26
- Categories: Castles, Transportation
- Camera: Panasonic ZS3
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Krete island
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-17 23:21