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UNESCO Representative on Spinalonga to Review Adding it to World Heritage List

Τeresa Colletta, an architect, and representative of UNESCO visited recently the islet of Spinalonga on Crete to review the application to add the historic site onto UNESCO's World Heritage List. Colletta gave her remarks to the local authorities, and these...

Stunning New Videos Capture the Eerie Beauty of Spinalonga

Two stunning videos recently published by Crete's CNA website have already gone viral, as they perfectly depict the unique mystery and beauty of Crete's Spinalonga islet. The tiny  islet of Spinalonga, or Kalydon, as it is officially known, is located...

Greece Seeks UNESCO Heritage Status for Spinalonga Islet (video)

Greece's Culture ministry submitted a nomination to UNESCO on Tuesday asking them to declare Crete’s Spinalonga islet, with its impressive sixteenth-century Venetian fortress, a new "World Heritage Site". The Central Archaeological Council of Greece had earlier given its approval to the...

Leper Island of Spinalonga Second Most Visited Site in Greece's Crete (video)

The small island of Spinalonga, which for 50 years was a leper colony, has become one of the most popular sites in Crete. Officials say that it now ranks second only to the archaeological site of Knossos in terms of...

Freerunning in Spinalonga [video]

A video showing athlete Dimitris Kyrsanidis freerunning in Spinaloga, has been circulating the internet. The athlete, who has been practicing parkour and freerunning, run, jumped, and climbed on the small alleys of the island, taking the viewers back in times when...

Greek Island Spinalonga Included in Creepiest Ghost Towns of the World

Our planet is full of towns and villages that have been abandoned, leaving behind an empty shell of what they once used to be. However, several of these “creepy” places are visited by thousands of travelers and thrill seekers...

Crete Islet Spinalonga to be Added on the List of World Heritage of Unesco

Located on the eastern side of Crete, opposite Elounda in Lasithi prefecture, the islet of Spinalonga is known all over the world due to the tragic historic events linked to it. In 1970, the island was designated as a...

Spinalonga Island Becomes Its Own Artwork

Renowned Greek artist Costas Tsoklis is trying to turn the island of Spinalonga, close to Crete, into a modern work of art. Spinalonga was chosen for his artistic creation, and the island  used to be Greece's leper colony. The international...

Spinalonga Becomes a Popular Destination after Greek Series ''The Island''

After the screening of the popular Greek TV series "Island", half a million visitors chose to spend their holidays not only on the island of Spinalonga, but also in the old village of Elounda, where most of the filming took place. The...

America's Next Top Model has Photoshoot on Spinalonga, Crete

Models appearing  on "America's Next Top Model" were mesmerized by the breathtaking view of the picturesque island of Spinalonga. The beautiful island lies in the gulf of Elounda, in north-eastern Crete and the American models are currently enjoying a photoshoot in Plaka, a tranquil village...

Lady Gaga Plans Spinalonga Island Villa Purchase

Lady Gaga is rather impressed by the renowned Greek TV series “The Island”, its main roles Captain Giorgis and Eleni, and by the shocking background of the small island “Spinalonga” as a leper colony in northeastern Crete. The eccentric pop...

Spinalonga Island Reopens as Tourist Attraction!

The island of Spinalonga was a one-time leper colony. Its history[...]

The Mosque of the Janissaries, a Landmark of Chania, Crete

The Mosque of the Janissaries in Chania, Crete is one of the most recognizable buildings on the entire island, which is the largest in Greece. Once ruled by the Ottomans for centuries, Crete is home to many reminders of that...

Bestselling Author Victoria Hislop Becomes Honorary Greek Citizen

Victoria Hislop, the bestselling author of “The Island” and one of the world’s favorite authors who writes about Greece, was awarded honorary Greek citizenship on Tuesday. Hislop, who had previously expressed her desire to obtain Greek citizenship, was honored by...

Greece Removes Archaeological Sites from Privatization Fund After Protests

The Greek government has decided to remove more than 2,000 ancient sites, monuments and museums from a state assets fund after archaeologists protested, fearing the country's heritage might be sold off. Among the sites included was the Palace of Knossos...