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Behind the Gates of Chios' Abandoned Leper Colony

After housing the lepers of Greece for hundreds of years, the colony on the island of Chios is now a beautiful ruin for explorers.

With a history dating back to the 14th century, this now-abandoned health institution was the first of its kind in Greece. Closed in 1957, the leper colony has now long since fallen into ruin. Doors have come off their hinges, furniture is jumbled up and rusting, and here and there lie the scattered personal effects of the long-departed occupants. When walking around the empty rooms, visitors also need to be wary of falling through the rotting floorboards.

But there are clues to the former grandeur of this community that was built back when they made buildings to last. See more pictures at Environmental Graffiti. Link

(Image credit: Kelly Katsarou)

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