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Imbros (means windy island) officially referred to as Gokceada are part of Çanakkale Province in Turkey The island with an area of 285,5 square kilometers and is located 13 miles northeast of Limnos and 15 southeast of Samothraki. It is covered by mountains and small valleys . The villages have many features in common with the farming settlements of the mountainous regions of Macedonia and Thrace: the buildings are generally small and simple, with scattered associated buildings like warehouses, stables, ovens, to meet the needs of a self-sustaining domestic economy, without causing the successive, in its long history, conquerors. Made of stone, mud, wood and tile, they wisely use the geomorphology of the territory, showing functional elements of the traditional architecture of the Northeast Aegean Sea


The island has been populated since ancient times. Until the late 6th century BC and was inhabited by Pre-Greeks. Its name comes from the Carian god of fertility Imvramo. It is also mentioned by Homer (ancient poet)

In antiquity
Around 480 BC while the Greek cities are challenged by the Persians, Athens was colonized Imbros by poor and landless Athenians.
The island joined the Athenian Alliance. During the Peloponnesian War, fought with the Athenians, but was conquered by the Spartans. In 387 BC the island was returned to the Athenians along with Limnos and Skyros.
Imbros constantly changed hands between the Macedonians and the Athenians and vice versa. After the defeat of Philip V by the Romans (197 BC), the island returned into Athens

During Byzantine times
In 766 Bulgarians attacked Imbros, Samothrace and Tenedos and took them as slaves 2,500 inhabitants. In 769 , Emperor Constantine bought them back, offering the Bulgarian silk dress and carried them to Constantinople. After the financially supported they continue their lives where they wanted. It is thought that between 1010 and 1020, the island was ceded to the patriarch of Constantinople

Ottoman Era
With the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the rulers of Imbros abandoned the island. The noble Imvrios Kritoboulos Michael, sent the head of the Turkish fleet in Edirne, expensive gifts, aimed to save the complete destruction of Imbros and maintain, wherever possible, the social status. This preserved the demographic composition and inner peace in the island.To 1479 the island finally ceded to the Ottomans

Modern era
In 1821 the island helped the Greek Revolution. Those who participated did not returned to the island for the fear of retaliation. In 1920, the Treaty of Sevres was signed (between the Ottoman Empire and Allies at the end of World War I) with the defeated Ottoman Empire granted the island to Greece. After the Greco-Turkish War ended with the Greek defeat in Anatolia (Asia Minor) the western powers agreed to the Treaty of Lausanne with the new Turkish Republic, in 1923. This treaty made the island part of Turkey

  • Last visit to Gokceada: May 2011
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