The Aegean Sea at the south-eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most ancient places in Europe, with the chain of Greek Dodecanese islands having been inhabited since pre-historical times. Find out about the incredible architectural history of this island chain right here.
So the three largest islands in the Dodecanese are Rhodes, Karpathos and Kos which are all popular Greek holiday destinations, with all of them having ancient Greek associations and featuring in the mythology. They all boast ancient ruins from this period with the Acropolis on Rhodes, the old parts of the city of Olympus on Karpathos, and the Ancient Gymnasium on Kos.
Thanks to their unique position at the cross roads of southern Europe and the beginning of the Middle East, these island also have shining examples of other eras including Byzantine. Also known as the Eastern Empire era, it came about as the Ancient Greek civilization was on the wane. Lasting for well over millennia up into the 11th Century, Byzantine architecture still lives on in this area. Antimachia Castle on Kos is a great and intact building from this era.
The religious architecture of this area is also quite spectacular, with the Dodecanese boasting four Greek Orthodox cathedrals which is the main religion of the island as well as Greece. The churches themselves are eye-catchingly pretty too without being overly ornate or fussy. Bright white buildings topped with the brightest blue domes that reflect the sparkling blue seas need no further ornamentation. They also blend in perfectly with the lovely squat whitewashed houses that famously nestle on the Greek island coastlines.
If you are after some culture and history as well as beautiful architecture, then the Dodecanese are the place to go. And a little sun, sea and sand is always a nice thing too!
You can easy see similarities of Greek architecture in Malta. Even though it is of Spanish residency the island has definitely got into own identity and appearance which is completely unique to the island as you’ll see in the photo above. See some of the similarities to Malta’s architecture and Greek architecture: https://www.chevron.co.uk/malta-hotels/mellieha/seabank-resort-and-spa