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Amorgos trivia: 50 facts about this beautiful greek island!

Amorgos is one of the most famous greek islands. And one of the most spellbinding. You should definitely pay it a visit!

So let’s dive into some more trivia and facts about this island!

  1. Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades island group
  2. And the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group in Greece
  3. Along with several neighbouring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island
  4. It comprises the municipality of Amorgos
  5. Which has a land area of 126.346 square kilometres (48.782 square miles)
  6. And a population of 1,973 (2011 census)
  7. 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
  8. Throughout history, Amorgos was also known as Yperia, Patagy, or Platagy, Pagali, Psichia and Karkisia
  9. Amorgos features a lot of remnants of ancient civilizations
  10. At the time of Archaic Greece, there were three independent city-states there
  11. They are believed to have featured autonomous constitutions but the same currency
  12. Amorgos is distinguished by the size and quality of the walls surrounding the city of Arkesini
  13. By the ancient towers whose remains are scattered all over the island
  14. By the ancient tombs, the stone tools, the inscriptions, the vases and by other antiquities
  15. Due to the name Minoa we suspect that Amorgos had been colonised by the Cretans from ancient times
  16. But there are no archeological remains supporting this view
  17. The names of the three cities given by Stephanus Byzantinus are Arkesini, Minoa, Aigiali or Melania
  18. Which, according to inscriptions, are the most correct
  19. The three towns are on the island’s west coast because that is where bays and natural ports that could provide the proper positioning for seaside towns and forts exist
  20. Aigiali was on the north East Side of the island close to the present day locations of Tholaria and Stroumvos
  21. And to this day can still be found there
  22. Minoa is situated at the center of the northern side near the present day village of Katapola and Arkesini
  23. Close to the present-day lowland location Kastri
  24. Excavations and findings, especially burial tombs, prove the intense presence of Amorgos during the prehistoric years
  25. Particularly during the first period of Cycladic civilisation (3200 to 2000 BC)
  26. The island was featured in Luc Besson’s film The Big Blue (1988)
  27. In which Agia Anna and the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa can be seen
  28. The island was also featured in Giorgos Kordelas’ film Ariadni (2002)
  29. The monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa is situated on the cliff side, northeast of Chora
  30. It was built early in the second millennium in order to protect a religious icon
  31. Dating from the year 812, from intruders
  32. The icon is on public display inside the monastery
  33. Opening time for visitors every day from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
  34. Visitors have to be dressed in a specific way in order to enter
  35. Men have to wear long trousers and women a skirt or a wrap around shift down to the knee, not trousers
  36. The shift may however be over trousers
  37. As of July 2012, the monastery is active and houses three practising monks
  38. Tourism is going up slowly
  39. Although the island features prevent mass tourism
  40. The island is accessible only by boat
  41. The 3 main places of tourist accommodations are Katapola, Aegiali and Chora
  42. Hiking ways are relatively well maintained
  43. Other activities are scuba diving, activities relating to wellness, and the beaches
  44. Although it is not the main attraction of the island compared to other Greek islands
  45. Part of the island is named Aspis
  46. Where the ancient temple of the goddess Aphrodite stood
  47. On 9 July 1956, a very large earthquake occurred that generated a local tsunami of up to 30 m (98 ft)
  48. The shock had a moment magnitude of 7.7
  49. And had a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent)
  50. Fifty-three people were killed and 100 were injured


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