Kea Island Photos Kea Greek Pictures Image Fotos Photography { 94 images } Created 4 Aug 2010

Photos and pictures of Kea Island, Greece. Kea is an ancient Greek island and has one of the oldest archaic greek statues in the form of a lion carved on a rock. Its Chora is set on a high hill in the centre of the island. Kea is a tranquil Island surrounded by quiet beaches with classic Greek Tavernas serving local fish. Kea Island Greece. Kea , also known as Gia or Tzia , Zea, and, in antiquity, Keos , is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Kea is part of the Kea-Kythnos regional unit. Its capital, Ioulis, is inland at a high altitude (like most ancient Cycladic settlements, for fear of pirates) and is considered quite picturesque. Other major villages of Kea are the port of Korissia and the fishing village of Vourkari. After suffering depopulation for many decades, Kea has been recently rediscovered by Athens as a convenient destination for weekends and yachting trips.

Kea is the location of a bronze-aged settlement at the site now called Ayia Irini, which reached its height in the Late Minoan and Early Mycenaean eras (1600-1400 BCE).
During the classical period, Kea (Ceos) was the home of Simonides and of his nephew Bacchylides, both ancient Greek lyric poets, of the Sophist Prodicus, and of the physician Erasistratus. The inhabitants were known for offering sacrifices to the Dog Star, Sirius and to Zeus to bring cooling breezes while awaiting for the reappearance of Sirius in summer; if the star rose clear, it would portend good fortune; if it was misty or faint, then it foretold (or emanated) pestilence. Coins retrieved from the island from the 3rd century BC feature dogs or stars with emanating rays, highlighting Sirius' importance.[
During the Byzantine period, many churches were built and the prosperity of the island rose. Kea was Byzantine until, in 1204, it was captured by the Venetians in the wake of the fourth crusade. It was recaptured by the Byzantines under Licario in 1278. In 1296, it fell to the Venetians again, who soon built a castle on the ancient acropolis of Ioulis.
Kea was taken from the Venetians by the Ottoman Turks in 1527. Along with the rest of the Cyclades, Kea joined Greece following the Greek War of Independence in 1821.
HMHS Britannic, the largest ship sunk in World War I and sister ship to the RMS Titanic, sunk off Kea island in 1916.

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