Group of islands in the Aegean Sea, off the south-western
coast of Turkey. The city of Rhodes is the administrative centre.
The name Dodecanese means "12 islands." The term has
been applied at various times to groups differently composed
and numbering more than 12.
The islands were a part of the ancient Greek world, and Rhodes
and Kos have long histories. In neither the Hellenistic nor the
Roman Empire periods did the islands function as a single political
or geographic unit. In the Byzantine Empire the theme (province)
of the Dodecanese included the Cyclades islands as well.
You will find here a wonderful blend of architectural styles
of eastern and western cultures. Almost every island has its
Classical remains, its Crusaders’ Castle, and its traditional
Rhodes, as the capital of the Dodecanesse district, has regular
sea connections with almost every island of its region, as well
as with Pireaus, Iraklion and Thessaloniki.
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