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The island of Spinalonga (also known as Kalydon) is located in East Crete off the coast of mainland Crete close to the villages of Elounda and Plaka in the Lasithi region.
The island of Spinalonga is an ancient fortress first built to protect ancient Olous (Elounda), once one of the most important towns on Crete, especially between 3000-900 BC. Later in the 16th century the Venetians built a fortress on Spinalonga over the ruins of an acropolis and it was considered impregnable. After Crete gained its independence, the Turks were required to leave the Island of Crete. But the Turks living on Spinalonga were reluctant to leave. It is said that the Greek government turned the island into a leper colony to scare away the remaining Turks. So from 1903 until 1957 the island became a leper colony. Approximately 400 people inhabited the island over the half-century.

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