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Dodecanese (Islands)

Dodecanese (Islands)

The Dodecanese (Greek: Δωδεκάνησα, Dodekánisa, [ðoðeˈkanisa], literally "twelve islands") are a group of 15 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, off the coast of Asia Minor (Turkey), of which 26 are inhabited. Τhis island group generally defines the eastern limit of the Sea of Crete. They belong to the wider Southern Sporades island group.
Nomos Dodekanisou
The most historically important and well-known is Rhodes, which has been the area's dominant island since Antiquity. Of the others, Kos and Patmos are historically the more important; the remaining 11 are : Agathonisi, Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Leipsoi, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos, and Kastellorizo.
Other islands in the chain include Alimia, Arkoi, Chalki, Farmakonisi, Gyali, Kinaros, Levitha, Marathos, Nimos, Pserimos, Saria, Strongyli, Syrna and Telendos.

The region has a lot to offer. Hikers and naturalists flock to Tilos, while climbers scale the limestone cliffs in Kalymnos. Aesthetes adore the neoclassical mansions of Symi, Halki and Kastellorizo, divers explore underwater caves and ancient wrecks, and kitesurfers blow in to Karpathos for its legendary winds. Archaeologists and history buffs let their imaginations loose on a bevy of ancient sites, while sybarites can worship Helios on myriad beaches, far from the package crowds.

HISTORY :
The history of the Dodecanese islands begins in the prehistoric times, but it peaks in the Middle Ages, when the islands were conquered by the Venetians. The Venetians built strong Castles to defend the towns and developed an economy based on trade shipping. Remains of this Venetian period are the wonderful Venetian Castles, such as the Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes, the Neratzia Castle in Kos Town, the Pandeli Castle in Leros and others. Generally, every island of Dodecanese has at least one Venetian Castle. In the 15th century, the Dodecanese were conquered by the Ottomans, who also left their mark on the local architecture. After a short Italian rule from 1912 to 1947, the Dodecanese islands were finally annexed to the Greek State after the 1947 Peace Treaty with Italy.
You can see more of the Dodecanese History in wikipedia and in greeka.com

>> Tourism - more
Dodecanese is considered one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world. Check below about Places and Sightseeings, along with more complete suggestions in the "Itineraries" section of our website.
For some initial information about Dodecanese, check the VisitGreece.gr website.

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