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An abandoned island in the Venetian Lagoon holds dark secrets. Empty hallways, and buildings, slowly being reclaimed by nature, once kept plague sufferers isolated from the rest of the city. Most of them never left and are buried here in unmarked graves. 

article-imagePoveglia Island (via Tejiendo el mundo)

The island of Poveglia is only one of several islands that served as quarantine stations, intended to protect the island empire from the worst of the plague that ravished Italy from the 14th through 17th centuries. Excavations on nearby quarantine islands revealed mass graves holding thousands of bodies.

Poveglia remains off limits to outside visitors, and is still holding its secrets as the walls of its asylum slowly crumble.

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