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STROFADES, Island complex, ZAKYNTHOS

Overview

The Great Strofadi or Stamfani and Arpyia are two small islands located just 25 nautical miles from Zakynthos. These islands are natural monuments. They are a port of call for rare waterfowl and their old-growth cedar forest is a marvel. The Strofades are included on the IBA (Important Bird Areas) list. The Monastery of the Virgin Pantohara, built like a fortress to protect the inhabitants from pirates, was founded by Irene, daughter of the Nikaian emperor of Theodoros Laskaris. It was later renovated under John V Palaeologos. Many well-known (and less well-known) figures have lived the monastic life at Strofades, including Agios Dionysios, the island's patron saint. When in 1716 the island was attacked by pirates, his remains were here and were desecrated by them. It was then that it was decided that they should be transferred to Zakynthos.
This text is cited December 2004 from the Ionian Islands Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image

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Type of location: Wetland
Postal Code: 29100
Postal Code: 29100
Tel +30 26950
Longitude: 21o 00' 13.12" E
Latitude: 37o 15' 08.52" N
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37 Nautical miles South-southeast (SSE) of: ZAKYNTHOS Island, IONIAN ISLANDS , GREECE

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