Dodecanese - Greek Islands (Greece)

The Dodecanese (means the 12 islands = Dodekanisa ), is a group of islands in the southeast of the Aegean sea. Actually the Dodecanese count much more than 12 islands. In total there are 163 islands and islets, of which only 26 are inhabited. The total area of the Dodecanese is 2663 sq. kilometers. It is a mountainous area with some plains, especially on Kos and Rhodes. The highest points are Ataviros on Rhodes and Kalolimni (1300 m.) on Karpathos. The Dodecanese is to admire for the combination of Eastern and Western architecture and culture. On the islands you will find important archeological sites, traditional villages, medieval monuments and beautiful beaches.

The two most popular islands are Rhodes and Kos. Other important islands are Karpathos, Astypalaia, Halki, Kalymnos, Kasos, Kastelorizo, Leros, Lipsi, Nisyros, Patmos, Symi and Tilos. All these islands have a very rich and long history. Over the years they had been occupied by all kind of invaders like the Knights of St.John, the Turks and the Italians.

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Kos stad (Kos-stad) | Eiland Kos | Griekenland foto 71 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Rhodos stad Rhodos - Rhodos Dodecanese - Foto 1351 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Kos stad - Griekse Gids foto 42 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Karpathos - Foto van annail Agia Marina - Eiland Leros - Griekse Gids Foto 35 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Eiland Telendos - Griekse Gids Foto 52 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Marmari Kos - Eiland Kos foto 29 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Panormos - Eiland Kalymnos -  Foto 24 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Symi stad - Symi Dodecanese foto 49 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Lefkos | Eiland Karpathos | De Griekse Gids foto 006 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Menetes | Eiland Karpathos | De Griekse Gids foto 011 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Rhodos stad Rhodos - Rhodos Dodecanese - Foto 1266 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Grikos - Eiland Patmos - Griekse Gids Foto 29 - Foto van De Griekse Gids Kalymnos, zonsondergang - Foto van Mary en Albert van Bladeren Tigaki Kos - Eiland Kos foto 10 - Foto van De Griekse Gids

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Dodecanese Samos Ikaria/Icaria Patmos Greece Leros Kalymnos Kos Greece Symi/Simi Karpathos Rhodes Greece Astypalaia/Astipalea Kasos / Kassos Nisyros (Nissyros) information Tilos Chalki/Halki Amorgos Greece

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The history of the Dodecanese

The first inhabitants of the Dodecanese were the Karres and Telchines (4000 BC). Then came the Minoans from Crete, they founded Rhodes trade strongholds. In the Mycenaean period (after 1400 BC.) came the Achaeans, the Dorians and Ions. Then the Dodecanese islands were ruled by the Persians, until they were liberated by the Athenians.

At the end of the 5th century, Rhodes was known as one of the greatest naval powers. The fourth century BC, the island of Kos has a great prosperity known, partly because of Hippocrates doctors school who was born here. He invented the "The Hippocratic Oath" which nowadays is made by doctors at their graduation.

During the Hellenistic and Roman years, Rhodes and Kos were important cultural centers. During the Byzantine period these islands were attacked by Persians, Arabs, Venetians and Crusade sailors. In 1309 the islands were occupied by the Knights of the Order of St. John until in 1522 the Turks took over. In 1821, the Greek revolt against the Turks and the Dodecanese have been fighting with the rest of Greece against the Turks. Yet they can regain their liberty not because they served as a "return true". Evia was returned to Greece by the Turks in exchange for the Dodecanese. In 1912 Italy occupied the Dodecanese and until 1948 they were given back to Greece.

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Masouri - Eiland Kalymnos -  Foto 41 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Nog een foto van het zandstrand van Pserimos - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Pefkos Rhodos - Rhodos Dodecanese - Foto 1162 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Epta Piges - Zeven bronnen Rhodos - Rhodos Dodecanese - Foto 183 - Foto van De Griekse Gids

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