Las Fuentes Viejas, Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Spain

Las Fuentes Viejas

In 1940 extremely heavy rain caused a landslide which devastated the town of Fuentes de Cesna, many were killed, the town re-built but then a second landslide in 1963 led to the planning of a nearby safer location for the town, where Fuentes de Cesna stands today.

The old town now known as ‘Las Fuentes Viejas’ lies abandoned, left as a place of remembrance. Youngsters who survived the landslides return now as elders to collect fresh water from fonts and to remember the people and town they were pushed away from.  Nature has now claimed what remains.  Huge overgrown fig trees and aloes grow wild without restraint, making it an eerie, yet magical area to visit.

 

View from Las Fuentes Viejas Andalucia

Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Andalucia

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Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Andalucia

Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Andalucia

Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Andalucia

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22 thoughts on “Las Fuentes Viejas

    Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    (March 26, 2017 - 1:45 am)

    Such a stunning looking place with a sad history

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:47 pm)

      The view kind of takes your mind off the terrible events that laid waste to the village as you are blown away with the beauty of the area.

    Bear and Cardigan

    (March 26, 2017 - 1:54 am)

    Beautiful photos, I’d love to visit this place too #MySundayPhoto

    Hooks and Dragons

    (March 26, 2017 - 6:16 am)

    What a tragic story to such a beautiful place. #mysundayphoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:49 pm)

      Yes, when you look around you can’t really imagine how devastating the destruction of the village was as it is just so beautiful but such a sad history!

    Tara

    (March 26, 2017 - 7:29 am)

    What a sad story, you’ve captured it beautifully. So poignant. The top photo is truly stunning. #MySundayPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:51 pm)

      Thank you Tara, it really is a stunning place to be able to photograph, despite its tragic past.

    Darren Coleshill

    (March 26, 2017 - 8:54 am)

    Wow that view in the first photo is amazing.

    What a sad history the town has

    Thank you for linking up

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:53 pm)

      Thank you for commenting and hosting. The view is really stunning, you can see why the locals wanted to have their village located on the hillside.

    An Imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum)

    (March 26, 2017 - 10:24 am)

    Your photos are stunning as always! I love that first one. That is an amazing view! #mysundayphoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:53 pm)

      Thank you! It really is such an amazing area, you can see for miles on a clear day!

    falcondalelife

    (March 26, 2017 - 12:28 pm)

    Lovely photos, what a tragic history though. #MySundaPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:54 pm)

      Thank you, the village reminded me of visiting Pompei or the Parthenon a place full of history with a tragic story.

    ferreroroche123

    (March 26, 2017 - 3:48 pm)

    Lovely images and a stunning view there.

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:56 pm)

      Thank you, the place is definitely beautiful, with endless views across Granada and even into Cordoba province

    Notmyyearoff

    (March 26, 2017 - 4:03 pm)

    Beautiful photos. I wonder if there’s an eerie feel as you wander about through it!

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 26, 2017 - 8:57 pm)

      Thank you, let’s just say that I wouldn’t want to visit the place at night time! There is a slightly spooky feeling, there are even some cave houses still intact at the top of the hill!

    Sally's Tips 4 Trips

    (March 28, 2017 - 1:10 pm)

    A bit of a shame the town haven’t kept the old town clear of debris to allow people to experience a little of what life was like back in the 60’s.

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 28, 2017 - 6:06 pm)

      Lots of the villagers still go back to visit what remains, but the land itself is still considered dangerous for habitation

    Helena

    (March 30, 2017 - 10:56 pm)

    How sad that a lot were killed in the disaster. It makes me think of what happened with Vesuvius.#MondayEscapes

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