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 Comments Add yours

  1. Such a stunning looking place with a sad history

    1. 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.

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

    1. Thank you, it really is a gorgeous area, so much beauty!

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

    1. 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!

  4. Tara says:

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

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

  5. Wow that view in the first photo is amazing.

    What a sad history the town has

    Thank you for linking up

    1. 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.

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

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

  7. Lovely photos, what a tragic history though. #MySundaPhoto

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

  8. Lovely images and a stunning view there.

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

  9. Notmyyearoff says:

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

    1. 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!

  10. 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.

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

  11. Helena says:

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

    1. Yes I definitely thought the same!

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