Dodekanisa, 'Dodecanese', is the name of a group of Greek Islands that is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea, just off the Turkish coast, and it contains more than 19 inhabited and around 50 small uninhabited islands.
The island of Kos is known as the ĎGreen Pearl of the Aegeaní, a historic oasis beneath the Greek sun. Although not the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, it is certainly one of its most fascinating. The capital of the island is Chora Kos and nearly half the islandís inhabitants live there. A modern collection of sculptures point to the islandís most famous son, Hypocrates, whose greatest legacy is the Hippocratic Oath of today.
Four kilometers from the city, high in the Dikeos Mountains, is one of the islandís most important sights, the Asclepeion, an ancient hospital and sanctuary. It was there that the Greeks worshipped the god of medicine who was later named ńskulap by the Romans.
Symi is a beautiful island only four sea miles away from the Turkish coast and 42 kilometers northwest of Rhodes. The island is characterized by its yellow Neo-Classical houses with their shutters and doors in blue and red as well as their tiled roofs.
Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese. Since antiquity, this special location has brought it both power and wealth. On the northernmost tip of the island is the fascinating metropolis of Chora Rodos, whose harbor entrance was once adorned by the 'Seventh Wonder of the World', the Colossus of Rhodes.
For more than 200 years, the Palace of the Grand Master and the Knightís Hospital were the islandís most important buildings and today, the Orderís well-preserved hospital is open to the general public.
It was in Rhodes that the sun was born and where gods, knights and tourists have always sought good fortune and have been captivated by the enchanting islands of the Dodecanese.