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The Beautiful Tenedos Island or Bozcaada is about 5 kilometres from the Turkish mainland and it is small island in the Aegean Sea. It became Turkish island after Lausanne Treaty in July 24, 1923. During the Roman time, Room and Pontus fought the battle of Tenedos in 86 BC.

Beautiful Turkish Aegean Sea Islands Imbros (Gokceada) and Tenedos (Bozcaada)

The Greek mythology mentioned that the palace of Thetis (daughter of Nereus and mother of Achilles the king of Phthia), was in the area between Imbros and Samothrace.

The mythology said also that the stables of the winged horses of Poseidon were on the area between the Beautiful Imbros Island and the Beautiful Tenedos Island.

The palace of Thetis was underwater palace and Nereus was the God of the Sea and the father of the beautiful Nereids.

At the war of Troy, a priest advised the Trojan to destroy the horse and Leukothea, the sister of Tennes, and Palaimon her son played important role. The people chose Tennes who was one of the heroes of the Trojan War as king and named the island Tenedos.

Evidences of the existence of the island since more than 4000 years are that Homer mentioned the name of Tenedos in the Iliad and the odyssey and Virgil mentioned it in the Aeneid. The Aeolians came from Greece to control the island.

Herodotus said, "God created Bozcaada for those who visited there, to have a long life". He mentioned that the first people to inhabit the island were the Pelasgians, as they were the people of the sea.

They preceded the Hellenes in Greece and the name refers to the autochthonous inhabitants of the Aegean lands before the advent of the Greek Language. See the Wikipedia reference at the bottom.

Anatolian oenophiles were the first winery expert to know Bozcaada Island or Tenedos for its wines. They processed its treasury of grapes to make wines.

This tradition is still reflecting in some places very far from this island and in the heart of Africa, where the Ancient Greek Culture and the ancient Turkish culture had some touches for quite long time (i.e. Sudan).

There was a Genoese castle built during the wars between the Republic of Genoa and the Republic of Venice to dominate the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea since 1350 until their time ended. This castle doesn't exist.

There's is a church behind the place and a tower about to collapse. The Ottoman built a mosque, a library and sauna (hammam) for women in the Beautiful Tenedos Island. There are some ruins of traces of a mosque, several ammo dumps, a barracks and an infirmary.

However, the Venetian fortress is the only tourist attraction in Bozcaada town, the Ottoman rebuilt it and it was remained from that time. The Aeolian (a word that may refer to the Greek God of wind, Aeolus) built a settlement in the Beautiful Tenedos Island, but later on they were defeated by one of the Persian empires.

The vineyards that colour the sunny slopes and the sandy beaches around the island make it beautiful. So, there are some wine factories such as Ataol, Talay, Yunatcilar and Corvus. The beaches, Ayana, Ayazma and Habbele are at the south coast, and Tuzburrnu is at the east.

In addition, people chat and spend good times at Berke internet cafe, Ada Cafe, another cafe at Lisa's owned by Australian woman called Lisa, Salkum cafe and Lodos cafe.

They also may stay at Guler Pension, Kale Pension, Motel Ege, Akarsu Apart Motel, Motel Kaikias, Kiraz, Eleusis Motel, Ayana Konukevi Guesthouse and Capraz Resort Hotel. People reach them from Yukyeri Iskelesi and by ferry from Geyikli at the west mainland south of Troy.

The Beautiful Tenedos Island is administered from the Turkish province of Canakkale. There are some groups of smaller uninhabited Turkish islands just at the north of Bozcaada (Tenedos).

Read relevant pages to the Beautiful Tenedos Island at Aegean Greek Islands, Beautiful Greek Islands, Greek Mykonos Island, Greek Rhodes Island, Mount Olympus and Olympia.



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