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Spinalonga

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HISTORY

It is an island located near Elunda, in the Bay of Mirabelo, northeast of Crete, in the prefecture of Lasiti. It is close to the Colocytia peninsula and its name means spina (thorn) and lunga (long), a name given by the Venetians based on the ancient name of the island of Giudecca. Initially it was part of the peninsula, however, in 1526 the Venetians cut a channel between them, forming the small island.

WHY THIS PLACE

The island is currently unoccupied and is a popular tourist attraction in Crete. He was part of the British television series Who pays the boatman? and Werner Herzog's experimental film Last Words. John Ware's tale Long Spine, about a tourist group visiting the island, was included in the Thirteenth Pan Book of Horror Stories.

CURIOSITIES

It is also the setting for the 2005 novel The Island of Victoria Hislop. The book was adopted for television by Mega Canal Greece.

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