Norwegian paradise for prisoners, a place where the hero of the novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” was serving his sentence in prison winemakers – all this and more in the compilation of the most famous island-prison in the world.
1. Gorgona Island, Italy
Gorgon – an island in the Mediterranean Sea, is part of the Tuscan Archipelago.
On the smallest and most northerly island of the Tuscan Archipelago served prison time, which as forced labor are engaged in winemaking.
In the colony grown grape variety for Gorgon winery Marchesi de Frescobaldi with a 700-year history. Unusual “cooperation” began last year. With the first harvest could produce nearly 3,000 bottles.
It is noteworthy that this project is partially funded the Ministry of Justice, and after the “winemakers” served a prison term, the company has promised to take them to work for him.
2. Princes’ Islands, Turkey
Princes’ Islands – a group of nine islands off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara. The archipelago consists of nine islands, today is a car and taken a break from the bustling Istanbul. It’s kind of a holiday village metropolis.
And during the Byzantine and later Ottoman princes and sultans family were exiled to the islands, for which the archipelago takes its current name.
3. Isle d’If, France
A small rocky island off the coast of Marseille has been popularized by the famous French writer Alexander Dumas.
It is here the guards brought the main character of the novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” Edmond Dantes to serve the long-term life of a false accusation.
Camera Edmond Dantes in the Chateau d’If:
Former Fort was transformed into a prison where the late 16th century hidden dangerous criminals. Since the closure of the prison (1890) Castle became a major destination for guests visiting Marseille.
4. Basta Island, Norway
This country is known for its humane treatment of prisoners and creates favorable conditions for them to stay in prison, but the prison on the island of Basta has surpassed all expectations.
The prison on the island from the air Basta:
Prisoners do not live in the chambers, and in separate rooms in a cozy wooden house for six people. They are free to roam the grounds, fish and even swim in the fjord.
Inmates can also play tennis and sauna. As for the work: labor day prisoners lasts from 8:30 to 15:30.
7. Solovetsky Islands, Russia
Even today, to get to the Solovetsky Islands, the largest of the archipelago White Sea, it is hard, but before Solovki altogether considered the edge of the world.
Back in the 15th century, the archipelago was chosen by the monks, who in the 17th century were the first to use the monastery premises for the conclusion of the naughty. They took over the tradition of the Soviet regime, in which the 20-ies of the last century, the archipelago has earned Solovki prison camp. Its inmates participated in the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal. Prison, established in 1937, eliminated after 2 years. And today Solovetsky archipelago became a state museum-reserve.
8. Alcatraz Island, USA
One of the most famous places of detention of criminals is in the San Francisco Bay.
On the Spanish island’s name means “pelican”. It was given to the discoverer of the island of Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775, due to the abundance of pelicans in this place. During its history, Alcatraz was a fort, fortress, and finally, a prison where he is serving the punishment of dangerous criminals.
Leave the island alive failed any prisoner: The strong and vigilant for the protection. After 29 years of existence of the prison was closed by order of the U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (brother of President John F. Kennedy) March 21, 1963.
The walls of the prison preserved not only traces the harsh everyday life of prisoners, but also the colorful drawings of Indians who settled in derelict premises in 1969. On the unusual inhabitants of the captives, and the legendary island, such as Al Capone, can be found in the museum, which is open on Alcatraz for 40 years.