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Astypalea is a Greek island with 1,238 residents. It belongs to the Dodecanese, an island group of twelve major islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The Island is 18 km. long, 13 km. wide at the most, and covers an area of 99 km2. The capital and the previous main harbour of the island is Astypalea or Hora, as it is called by the locals.
In Greek mythology, Astypalaia was a woman abducted by Poseidon in the form of a winged fish-tailed leopard. The island was colonized by Megara, and the Roman emperors recognized it as a free state.
During the Middle Ages it belonged to the Byzantines until 1207, when – in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade – it became a fee of the Querini, a noble Venetian family, until 1522. The Querini built a castle that is still in place. Astypalea became Turkish in 1522, and the Ottomans kept it until 1912 when it became the first island of the Dodecanese to be occupied by Italy. The island remained under Italian governance until WWII. In 1947, together with the whole Dodecanese, it joined Greece.
Astypalea Island, Dodecanese, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/20 sec at f/ 13, ISO 100
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  • inglesina
    inglesinaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot :)

  • Thanks a lot Inglesina!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloiover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Photoloi, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Themis
    Themisabout 4 years ago

    This picture has been featured in Your Country’s Best on Tuesday 29th June 2010 – congratulations!

  • Thanks a lot Themis, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey!

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  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 4 years ago

    magnificent capture! Bravo!!

  • Thanks a lot Heather!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.over 1 year ago


  • Thanks a lot Nicole!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 1 year ago

    WOW this is stunning!!! Love it :))))))))))

  • Thank you very much Vicki!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    May 20, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Many thanks for the feature Teresa, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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