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Τρίτη, Ιουλίου 15, 2014

Amorgos - Cyclades

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Amorgos (Greek: Αμοργός) is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has a land area of 126.346 square kilometres (48.782 square miles), and a population of 1,973 (2011 census).
Due to Amorgos' position opposite the ancient beaches of Ionian towns, such as Militos, Alikarnassos and Ephesos, it became one of the first places from which the Ionians passed through to the Cyclades Islands and onto the Greek mainland. The existence of three independent cities, preserved to this day, with autonomous constitution and the same currency, the size and artistic works of the walls surrounding the city of Arkesini, the ancient towers whose remains are scattered all over the island, the ancient tombs, the stone tools, the inscriptions, the vases and other antiquities are all powerful proof of the size of Amorgos' ancient civilization.
Amorgos is also known as Yperia, Patagy, or Platagy, Pagali, Psichia and Karkisia. Part of the island is named Aspis, where the ancient temple of the goddess Aphrodite stood. Due to the name Minoa we suspect that Amorgos had been colonised by the Cretans from ancient times, but there are no archeological remains supporting this view. In approximately 630 BC, the poet Semonides led the foundation of a Samian colony on Amorgos. With the passing of time, the island's name changed to Amolgon, Amourgon, Amorgian, and Amourgian. After the 5th century one can also find the name Amoulgos from Bishop Theodore who signed a Synod in Constantinople, as Theodore the Bishop of Parion, Sifnion, and Amoulgion. Skilax mentions it as Tripoli (the circumnavigation of the Cyclades Islands). It was known as "Yamurgi" during Ottoman rule between 1566-1829. A very powerful earthquake (7.5 on the Richter scale) on 9 July 1953 resulted in the deaths of 53 people (Read more in wikipedia).

Of course it is one thing to read a few information from wikipedia, and another to be there, and swim in the big blue.
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or walk in the small streets of the island.
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Do you want to see more from Amorgos Traditional Houses? Just visit the link! 
Do you fall in love with ... windmills? Just visit Amorgos Windmills, and you surely love them. Buy some if you want to, or we can give one to you, free of charge. Is somewhere in the middle... Look for it.
But the big mystery and miracle of the island, is the monastery! I cannot say anything, just visit Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery!
I give you here some photos of this beautiful Greek Island.