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View from the beach of Alinda to the castle of Leros. Ayia Marina is behind the umbrella...

The castle of Leros (information from http://www.greeka.com)...was probably built in the 10th century on the site if an ancient acropolis and, in the end of the 11th century, it was donated from the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I to the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos. During the Frankish times, the Castle was reinforced by the Knights of Saint John and was used to protect the island and its inhabitants from invasions. In the centuries that followed, the Castle served as a look out post for the Turkish, Italian and German conquerors of the island. As a result, it suffered a lot of damage.

The pink building on the right is the residence of the Archbishop of Leros, Kalymnos and Astypalaia. It includes a conference hall which is frequently used for cultural events.

The beach of Alinda is the longest and most popular of the island. Along the beach there are summer houses, restaurants, cafeterias, rooms to let. Among them stands the "Tower of Bellenis", a former summer residence that belonged to Bellenis family. Now it is a historic and folk art museum.

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