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Dodecanese

(dōdĕk'ənēs`, –nēz, dō'dĕk–), Gr. Dhodhekánisos, island group (1991 pop. 163,476), c.1,035 sq mi (2,680 sq km), SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea, between Asia Minor and Crete, comprising the greater part of the group known as the Southern SporadesSporades
, islands, E and SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea. They have been grouped variously at different times. The Northern Sporades are generally understood to include Skíros, Skiathos, Skópelos, and some smaller islands off the coast of Évvoia and W Turkey.
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. Despite its name ("twelve islands"), it consists of about 20 islands and islets, of which the most important are RhodesRhodes
or Ródhos
, island (1990 est. pop. 90,000), c.540 sq mi (1,400 sq km), SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea; largest of the Dodecanese, near Turkey. Land and Economy
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, KósKós
, Lat. Cos, island (1991 pop. 26,379), 111 sq mi (287 sq km), SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea; 2d largest of the Dodecanese, near the Bodrum peninsula of Turkey. Although it rises to c.2,870 ft (875 m) in the southeast, the island is mostly low-lying.
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, KárpathosKárpathos
, Ital. Scarpanto, Lat. Carpathus, island (1991 pop. 5,323), c.110 sq mi (280 sq km), SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea, one of the Dodecanese. It is mountainous, rising to c.4,000 ft (1,220 m).
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, KálimnosKálimnos
, mountainous island (1991 pop. 15,706), 41 sq mi (106 sq km), SE Greece, one of the Dodecanese, 11 mi (18 km) off the coast of Asia Minor. A sponge-fishing center, it also produces figs, olives, citrus fruits, and almonds.
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, PátmosPátmos
, island (1991 pop. 2,663), c.13 sq mi (34 sq km), SE Greece, in the Aegean Sea; one of the Dodecanese, near Turkey. On the island, according to Rev. 1.9, the exiled St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation. The Monastery of St.
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, Astipálaia, Kásos, Tilos, Sími, Léros, Nísiros, Khalki, and Kastellórizo. The city of Rhodes, on the largest of the islands, is the administrative seat. Agriculture, livestock raising, fruit growing, and sponge diving are the main occupations. Tourism is an important industry. Centers of ancient Greek culture, the Dodecanese were held by the Ottoman Turks from 1522 until 1912, when they were occupied by Italy during the Italo-Turkish War. The islands were captured by the Allies during World War II, and in 1947 they formally passed to Greece. However, Turkey claims some of the islands.
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We were hoping to sail round the Dodecanese islands and then back to Lavrio, where she is normally moored.
Just 42km long and 8km wide, Kos is the third largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago, after Rhodes and Karpathos, and sandwiched between the islands of Kalymnos and Nisyros.
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It lies at the northern end of the Dodecanese, a volcanic chain of islands in the southern Aegean and just 34 kilometres SSW of the second largest island, Samos.
At the southern end of the Aegean, about 10 miles from the Turkish coast, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese group of islands.
The Campanulo hagieliae-Inuletum heterolepidis, chosen here as the holotypus of the alliance, is based on releves from the Dodecanese Archipelago (Rhodes, Samos, Ikaria).
Kos is one of the main islands of the Dodecanese and one of the most important islands from an administrative, demographic and economic point of view.
Metropolitan Paisios of Leros, Kalymnos and Astypalaia, in the Dodecanese islands, Greece, the meeting brought together 25 participants from nearly all Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, hierarchs, priests, members of monastic communities, university professors, lay persons and WCC staff.
A fire on the Dodecanese island of Rhodes was under control.
According to the Greek biographer Plutarch, when the 25-year-old Caesar was seized by Cilician pirates in the Dodecanese Islands in 75 B.
But the attraction that brings many back year after year, even generation after generation, is the town's Greek fisherman's village and sponge docks on Dodecanese Street.
September 12 The British launch Operation Accolade with landings in the Dodecanese Islands.