A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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A few photos of the beautiful Greek island of Kastellorizo to start with. For a small island of 11 square kilometres the history is overwhelming. From the 4th century BC castles to crusaders and world wars Megiste is a fiercely independent island community, 2 miles from the Turkish coast. From the Ottomans to the French, then the Italians bombed it (twice), the British bombed and burnt it and evacuated everybody to Cyprus and now just the tourists visit it in peace.....





Above as we visited it and below before it was bombed in the second world war. There were 10,000 people living then; now 300.









The old mosque, now a museum and well worth visiting.





A 4th century BC Lyceum tomb.





 A favourite among the locals......





The staircase to the plateaux.....





The Paleocastro, Hellenic, Crusaders, medieval, Victorian, WW11 it's all there.







A wonderfully restored monastery on the hill.









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