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Lazareto (Agios Dimitrios)
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Lazareto, a small, uninhabited island is in the large bay of Corfu, 2 miles to the Noerth from Corfu town. Its official name is Agios DImitrios . In the Venetian period (early 16th century) it was a monastery place and it was also uses as a quarantine for the ship that approached Corfu and later on as a leper-house . This last use gave it the name Lazareto , which was quite common for such places in different periods under Venetian rule.(The first hospitals for the leprous were founded right after the Crusades and were devoted th Saint Lazarus, from the relative episode of the Holy Bible; they were therefore called Lazzeretto or Lazzaretto)

In the period of the Greek civil war (1946-1949), it was used as a place of concentration and execution. Today it is a National monument .

Of the old buildings, there are still relics of the church of Agios Dimitrios (photo) and of some of the rooms of the camp.

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