Saria Island

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Native name: Σaρία
Saria Island Greece.jpg
Saria Island is located in Greece
Saria Island
Saria Island (Greece)
Coordinates 35°52′N 27°13′E / 35.87°N 27.22°E / 35.87; 27.22Coordinates: 35°52′N 27°13′E / 35.87°N 27.22°E / 35.87; 27.22
Archipelago Dodecanese
Area 20.429 km2 (7.888 sq mi)
Highest elevation 631 m (2,070 ft)
Highest point Mt. Saria
Region South Aegean
Regional unit Karpathos
Capital city Argos
Population 45 (as of 2011)
Postal code 857 00
Area code(s) 22450
Vehicle registration ΚΧ, ΡΟ, ΡΚ

Saria Island (Greek: Σαρία) is an island in Greece. It is a rocky, volcanic island along the northern edge of Karpathos, separated from it by a strait 100 m (330 ft) wide. It is part of the Dodekanissos archipelago.

Administratively, it is part of the community of Olympos. The 2011 census reported a resident population of 45 persons. It has little plant or animal life, and has a number of sharp cliffs. Although only shepherds live on Saria now, the ruins of the ancient city of Nisyros can be found here. It is also a breeding area for Eleonora's falcons.

Although the name is subject to dispute, scholars link it with the name of an ancient Greek Princess named Katherine from a line of Saria royalty. Greek legends say she was as beautiful as Helen of Troy and so they named an Island after her majesty. On the island of Saria, it is recorded history that a kingdom existed named Mikri Nisyros.


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