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PostSubject: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:48 pm

This place was much bigger than I had originally thought. This is a photo from  near the beach in Abadas. To get there, take the motorway north and then take the Abadas turn off. At the little roundabout at the top of the turn, head towards Abadas village down at the coast. Park anywhere near the beach and the colony is on the hill overlooking the beach.

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It seemed like a very big church for such a small community until I looked around

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I think this must have been some sort of communal canteen

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One of the dormitories I think.

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Inside wasn't nice but was surprisingly modern. There were tiled showers with hot and cold water and all the floors were tiled as well. Just goes to show that this place wasn't part of the middle ages, but was in use in the 20th century.

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Finally, as I was leaving I noticed some of the brush wasn't the same colour as the rest. On closer inspection, there were pile of rusty barbed wire dotted all over the place. The colony was obviously guarded. I wonder if the inmates went there volintarily or maybe they simply hadn't got anywhere else to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:38 pm

bit like Spinalonga off of Crete, where they were locked away on an island, a bit like Alcatraz, thanks for posting Dermot
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:10 am

Jeez it's massive, nice pics mate, repped

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:56 am

Turns out the place was never used as a leper colony. They found cures for leprosy just before it was due to open in the 1940's. It was used as a military training camp for a short while and as a film set. There are more than 30 big buildings spread out. Apparently, it was built in such a way as to make it confusing to exit.
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:37 pm

Yip, put me in mind of Spinalonga too, went there many years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:17 pm

Another rep from me Dermo.

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Tenerife, Leper Colony   Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:23 pm

Ohhhhhh ive missed these posts, great photos wow its like a ghost town

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