Photographer's Note

Amorgos (Greek: Αμοργός) is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and that lying closest to the neighbouring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighbouring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has a land area of 126.346 km², and a population of 1,859.

Due to the position of Amorgos across from ancient beaches of Greek Ionian towns, such as Militos, Alikarnassos and Ephesos, it became one of the first places from which the Greeks living in Ionia (nowadays west coasts of Turkey) passed through to the Cyclades Islands and onto mainland Greece. The existence of three independent cities with autonomous constitution and the same currency, which have been preserved to this day, the size and artistic works of the walls surrounding the city of Arkesini, the ancient towers to which skeletons were raised to this day all over the island, the ancient tombs, the stone tools, the inscriptions, the vases and other antiquities are all powerful proof of the size of the ancient civilisation of Amorgos.

The island of Amorgos was featured in Luc Besson's film "The Big Blue".

Kalotaritisa area is placed at the southern corner of Amorgos.

The Miracle Of Kalotaritisa (a tail):-

Down in the plain Kalotaritisa men and women sow at ease. Amongst them a mother feeds her child and rocked it in its crib. All of a sudden pirates appeared. All the women ran away to find their husbands except for the mother. Despite her pleadings the pirates took her onto their vessel without her child and sailed into the sea. Passing in front of a church which so many times had she lit a candle, the mother prayed for salvation. That is when the miracle happened. The vessel stopped. It did not move either forward or back. The pirates became scared, understood what happened, turned around and went back to the shores and left the woman there.

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