Dodekannisa (Dodecanese) are a group of 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, of which 26 are inhabited. They are situated off the southwest coast of Turkey, southward of the island of Samos and northeastward of the island of Crete. Τhis island group generally defines the eastern limit of the Sea of Crete.
They have a rich history, and many of even the smallest inhabited islands boast dozens of Byzantine churches and medieval castles.
The most historically important and well-known is Rhodes (Rodos), Kos and Patmos which are historically very important and Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos and Kastellorizo (which actually lies in the eastern Mediterranean). Other islands in the chain are Agathonisi, Alimia, Arkoi, Halki, Farmakonisi, Gyali, Kinaros, Levitha, Lipsi, Nimos, Pserimos, Saria, Syrna and Telendos.
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