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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, 1/125 sec at f/ 11, ISO 100
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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful view…gorgeous image.

  • Thanks a lot Lyn!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • eleni dreamel
    eleni dreamelover 4 years ago

    α,ρε πανέμορφη Ελλάδα με τα νησιά σου!πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much Eleni!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Euphemia
    Euphemiaover 4 years ago

    κούκλα!

  • Thanks a lot Euphemia!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    W O N D E R F U L

  • Thanks a lot Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Many thanks to “The Silky Touch” group for the feature, much appreciated!

  • photoloi
    photoloiover 4 years ago

  • Thanks a lot Photoloi, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • Thank you very much Vadim!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • With pleasure Polly!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • GenuineDragon
    GenuineDragonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work…well done my friend.

  • Thank you very much Wojciech!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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