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Administrative Region : North Aegean
Regional unit : Karpathos

Lefkos (Λευκός ) Karpathos

Lefkos or Pano Lefkos is a small semi-mountainous village of Karpathos in the Dodecanese.

Roman cistern near Lefkos, Karpathos Greece, 2003. Photo : Iris Könings

Geography - History

Lefkos is located in the center of the island and to its west coast, at a distance of 30 km SW. from Karpathos (or Pigadia) (via Gates). It is built at the foot of Mount Lastos (or Kalolimni) at an altitude of 148 meters [2]. In the wider area (from the river Potali, the Kalomilni ridge, the torrent that flows into the Gulf of Laros and the entire coastline, including the islet of Sokastro) there are many antiquities from the early Christian to the Byzantine and medieval period 1999, for has been declared an archeological site. The most important sights of the area are the five-aisled Byzantine church of Agios Georgios. Inside there are frescoes in two layers (the oldest is around 1300) and since 1950 it has been characterized as a historical monument. Near the hill there are ruins of a Hellenistic fortress with a tower of isodomic masonry and underground tanks (Roman aqueduct) [4] [5]. The area around the village and up to the east coast of the island is included in the designated habitat Natura2000 with code GR4210002 "Central Karpathos: Good Lake - Lastos - Kyra Panagia and coastal zone" [6].

As a settlement it is mentioned in 1981 to be recorded in the then community of Mesochori. [7] According to the Kallikratis plan, together with Mesochori, Kato Lefkos, the islet of Nisi and the islet of Sokastro, they constitute the local community of Mesochori that belongs to the municipal unit of Karpathos of the Municipality of Karpathos and according to the 2011 census has a population of 57 inhabitants.

External links

Roman White Aqueduct from the website of the municipality of Karpathos
The early Byzantine settlement at Leukos, Karpathos from https://www.cambridge.org/
The travel route Lastos - Kali Limni - Lefkos from the website https://www.alltrails.com/

The underground tanks 1
The underground tanks 2

Encyclopedia Nea Domi. Tegopoulos - Maniateas. 1996. p. 54, vol. 22.
"White of KARPATHOS, Municipality of KARPATHOS | buk.gr ». buk.gr. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
"DIARKIS CATALOG OF MAIN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES AND MEMORIES". listedmonuments.culture.gr. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
"Karpathos - History - Sights". www.sunset-hotel.gr. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
"DIARKIS CATALOG OF MAIN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES AND MEMORIES". listedmonuments.culture.gr. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
«NatureBank - habitat NATURA - KENTRIKI KARPATHOS: KALI LIMNI - LASTOS - KYRA PANAGIA KAI PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI». filotis.itia.ntua.gr. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
"EETAA-Hellenic Society for Local Development and Local Government SA". www.eetaa.gr. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
"Government Gazette of permanent Population Results", p. 10841 (p. 367 of pdf)

See also: Karpathos (island)

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