Amorgos Island


Amorgos was a significant centre of the Cycladic civilisation. Later it was colonized by Minoan Cretans. During 9th century B.C., the island was colonized by Ionians originating from Samos, Naxos and Miletos of Minor Asia. In 5th century B.C, Amorgos became a member of the Athenian League.

In 1088, the Greek Emperor Alexios Comnenos I, founded the historic monastery of Chozoviotissa. In 1537, the notorius moslem pirate, Barbarossa, plundered Amorgos and handed what was left of it over to the sultan. At that point, the islanders felt so harassed that they migrated to Naxos and Crete.

In 1821, Amorgos joined the Greek Revolution and in 1830, became part of the free Greek State.