The little island of Bozcaada, known in ancient times as Tenedos, roughly fifteen miles square is located in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea close to Istanbul. As Tenedos, it is mentioned in both the Iliad and the Aeneid. It is the site where the Greeks hid their fleet near the end of the Trojan War in order to trick the Trojans into believing the war was over and into taking the Trojan Horse within their city walls. The island was important throughout classical antiquity despite its small size due to its strategic location at the entrance to the Dardanelles. The sole town of the island, home to about 2,000 people, lies on its northeastern corner, facing the mainland. The old cobbled streets in the centre of the town maintain their traditional architecture. The rest of the island is covered by vineyards, scattered pine woods, and Mediterranean shrubland (maquis), dotted by the occasional vineyard manor and, close to the coastline, housing estates used by mainland Turks as vacation homes.
The island's main attraction is the castle (occupied by Byzantines, Venetians and Genoans) last rebuilt in 1815, illuminated at night, and with a view out to the open sea. The island's past is captured in a small museum.
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