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Ghost Village, Spain

By collywobles
My interperatation of this Spanish Ghost village which has been left in tact since 1965 (see below) As you wander through the streets the houses and the town square is just as it has been left and to see a cat walk across the street has a strange feeling as no one lives there and have not done so for over 40 years.

GRANADILLA,is located in Caceres, Spain — The towering stone castle defended this walled hilltop village for five centuries but it was no match for the Spanish Government, which built a large dam and flooded the surrounding farmland making Granadilla a ghost town.

The last of the 1,000 residents left in 1965, when Granadilla still had no electricity or indoor plumbing. Pillagers then replaced villagers.

But in 1984 the Government resurrected the town, 180 miles west of Madrid, as a base for teaching urban high-school students about rural life. Since then, groups of students have come for a week at a time to cut wood, bake bread and tend animals. During breaks they scramble up the castle's narrow winding stairway to the parapet (from where this image was taken) , to shout out to people below or to smoke cigarettes.

Granadilla is not typical of Spain's estimated 900 ghost towns. Most were dirt-poor villages that slowly bled to death starting in the 1950's as a majority of Spain's agricultural workers left for better-paying jobs in the burgeoning cities.


Tags: General Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

Voters: Jodyw17, VIKI, RonnieAG and 3 more

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Jan 2011 11:35AM
I like the effect you have achieved with this over the rooftop scene......almost like an oil painting: very nicely done and presented.

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Balwant Plus
6 1 4 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2013 7:31AM
Hi, I do like the image you have created a lot. Good composition and interesting colours. My only niggle is the borders which distracts me. This is a minor point and you may have a different opinion.
collywobles Plus
13 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2013 8:22AM
Thank you Balwant I appreciate your input. The only reason I did the borders like that is that it is a crayon effect, you may be right could be better without. I'll redo and see. Thanks

PS: It was quite an erie feeling as the only people around were tourists..... Oh - and a few cats. (8o)


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