Samos in The Byzantine Period

During the Byzantine period Samos constitutes the 29th province of the islands. During the reign of the emperor Constantine Porphirogennitos, it became the metropolis of the Samos administrative area. After the fall of Constantinople from the crusaders in 1204, it was under the rule of the Latin seat of Constantinople and shared its fortune.

In 1247 it returned to the Byzantine state. In 1312, for a short period of time, it came under the rule of the Turk Aidin, while since 1367 and for about a century, it belonged to the Genoats, paying a tax to the Giustiniani knights of Chios. The Muslims never managed to settle permanently in Samos.

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