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Kastellorizo Island, in the Greek Aegean.

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Kastellorizo or Castellorizo (officially Megisti) is a Greek island and municipality located in the southeastern Mediterranean. It lies roughly 2 km off the south coast of Turkey, about 570 km southeast of Athens and 125 km east of Rhodes. Kastellorizo is part of the Rhodes regional unit.

The meaning of its current official name Megisti is "biggest" or "greatest", but at only 11.987 km2 in area, it is the smallest of the Dodecanese. The name, however, refers to the fact that it is the largest of the small archipelago.

The houses of the town are slender and characterised by wooden balconies and windows of the Anatolian type. Behind the waterfront, many houses are still in a ruinous state. At the entrance to the harbour, on the east side, stand the single story remnants of the former Italian governate (palazzina della delegazione), erected in 1926 by the Italian architect Florestano Di Fausto, who also designed some of the most important buildings of the Italian period in Rhodes.

Nearby is the island's former Ottoman mosque which dates from the second half of the 18th century and which has been now restored and re-opened as a museum (2007). From here starts the town's quay, which runs along all three sides of the harbour.

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