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Once the trading hub of the Minoan civilization, Santorini was devastated in 1650 B.C. by a volcanic eruption.  
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According to legend, parts of Mykonos were formed by giants that Hercules slew. Large rocks scattered about the island are said to be the petrified bodies of the slain beasts.  
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Throughout the Cyclades Islands, homes and churches are painted white as a symbol of purity. The color also reflects sunglight and tempers the scorching heat.  
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Serene fishing villages are a common sight in Crete, but the infamous labyrinth of Knossos, which contained the fearsome Minotaur, is what most visitors come to see.  
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Athenian citizens built the Parthenon between 447 and 438 B.C. to honor their city's patron and protector, the goddess Athena.  
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Perched majestically atop rocky peaks, the monasteries of Meteora were built as early as A.D. 1100. Their name comes from the Greek word Meteron, which means 'in the air.'  
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The largest island in the Dodecanese, Rhodes is known for its magnificent medieval architecture built during the rule of the Knights of St. John in the early 14th century.  
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