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Everyday I learn new things on TE, often from my own photos too! This picture was taken during my flight from Leros to Athens a few days ago and trying to compose a note for my posting I found out about the existence of the island at the bottom, I had never noticed or heard of it!... It's called Rineia of Mykonos (the big island in the distance) and is next to Delos (on the right). I found some information on Wikipedia but it was only in Greek so I tried to translate it. Mykonos and Delos are much more famous and there's a lot of information about them.
I'm afraid the aeroplane's window wasn't as clear as I would like it to be. I apologise for the quality of the image.

From Wikipedia:

Delos (on the right)
The island of Delos, near Mykonos, near the centre of the Cyclades archipelago, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean; ongoing work takes place under the direction of the French School at Athens and many of the artifacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

Rineia (bottom of the frame)
There are traces of habitation on Rineia from the 5th millennium B.C. Later the island stayed in the shadow of neighbouring sacred Delos. In 530 B.C. tyrant Polycrates of Samos conquered the island and dedicated it to Apollo. This is the first historical report we have of Rineia. When the Athenians imposed a clearance on Delos, during the Peloponnesean War, and after their decision that no births or deaths should be allowed on the sacred island, Rineia became a vast necropolis. It was also a sanatorium for very ill people, not allowed to stay on Delos any longer. With the decline of Delos, Rineia was abandoned. Today it is only used as grazing land for herds transferred from neighbouring Mykonos.

Mykonos (background)
Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 km2 (33 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 m (1,119 ft) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (2011 census) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora . […] Tourism is a major industry, and Mykonos is particularly renowned for its cosmopolitan nightlife; many international celebrities visit the island every summer.
In ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.
In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans, and the island was named in honor of Mykons, son of Anios who was a son of Apollo and nymph named Rio.

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  • Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 5 N: 5264] (25352)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-04-27
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-05-05 0:50
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