Astypalea

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Astypalaia is a rocky, butterfly island in the southeastern Aegean, almost at the halfway point between the Cyclades islands and Rhodes. Astypalea has made a name for itself through the centuries for its fragrant flowers and its fish-laden waters.Many of the Dodecanese islands were called by the Ancient Greeks with nicknames that were illustrative of each island’s particularities. Astypalaea – Astypalaia was known as “the bank of the Gods”

Among its main attractions are the imposing Querini – Venetian castle that sits atop the whitewashed houses Astypalea Chora, the famous Panagia Portaitissa church below the castle, site of the island’s main mid-August feast, the castle of Aghios Ioannis, a delightful museum that testifies to the long history of the island through the Prehistoric, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian periods, and stunning mosaic floors at some of the islands basilicas and Roman-era baths.The Querini – Venetian Castle of in Chora town is a wonderful sight to see placed royally on top of the hill.