The Dodecanese owes its name to Δωδεκάνησα, twelve islands, the number of islands of the Aegeans Sea who protested against the Turkish cancellation of their historically granted right of tax exemption! They lie close to the Turkish Southern coast and their history is much tied to the fortune and misfortune of Rhodes. From 1912 until 1947 thr islands were occupied by the Italians who have left their traces in architecture, language, cuisine.
Apart from the Dorian period, these islands have always been occupied by someone: from the Romans to the Knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, to the Turks, up to 1912, immediately substituted by the Italians who ruled up to 1947, when they finally returned to Greece.
Of all this background much can still be seen: in Kos the temple of Apollo, and the Roman Theatre, in Patmos the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse, and St.John's Monastery, in Rhodes the Gran Maestri Palace and Odos Ippoton, the Knights street, the Acropolis of Lindos.
This concise text does not allow to list the variety of unique monument and beauties to see in the Dodecanese.
After centuries of dominations, tourism has developed almost to prove how friendly and hospitals are the islanders, who in this natural scenario of beauties live in peace with their neighbors.
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