westernmost of the Cyclades (q.v.) group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Kea lies about 13 miles (21 km) east of the southern tip of Attica. With an area of 50.4 square miles (130.6 square km), it rises gradually toward the centre, to the peak of Profitis Ilias (1,841 feet [561 m]). The principal town, Kea, on the site of ancient Ioulis, is located near the northwestern coast.
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