Dodekanisa guide KALYMNOS

General information

Kalymnos is an island in the south-eastern Aegean, and it belongs to the cluster of the Dodecanese. It is known as the "Island of the sponge divers" due to the traditional occupation of the residents of Kalymnos. It is situated between Leros, Kos and the coast of Asia Minor. It is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese with 110.5 square kilometres. Its capital and port is the city of Kalymnos or Pothia. This island has very sparse vegetation. That's why the locals have engaged in sponge diving, fishing, and shipping for many years. In 1900, sponge divers from Kalymnos had created an entire community in the U.S., in Tarpon Springs, along with sponge divers from Symi, Hydra, Aigina and Chalki.

Kalymnos is known as the "island of the sponge divers" because sponge diving, and sponge processing and trade was the pre-eminent profession in Kalymnos since the 18th century. According to the records in 1860 300 boats and 72 “kagaves” (large vessels dragging in smooth bottoms thick net, gathering sponges) set out, 2,000 people were employed and the production reached 75 tons. That year, 20 shops selling sponges from Kalymnos operated in several major European cities. In the past, divers had no diving equipment, but they free dived up to 60-70 metres deep, remaining under water for 3-4 minutes. The appearance of the diving bell in 1869 was accompanied by many accidents from the “decompression sickness” due to lack of education. After 1970 modern equipment made its appearance. Do not leave the island without getting a sponge as a souvenir from the local workshops.


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