Pasas, Oinousses

Pasas or Panagia[1] (Greek: Πασάς, Παναγιά) is a small Greek island of the Oinousses complex in the Aegean Sea, located east of Oinousses, the largest island of the complex. Administratively, Pasas and the rest of the islands form the Oinousses municipality within the Chios regional unit.

Pasas or Panagia
Native name:
Πασάς ή Παναγιά
Pasas or Panagia is located in Greece
Pasas or Panagia
Pasas or Panagia
Coordinates38°30′30″N 26°17′10″E / 38.50833°N 26.28611°E / 38.50833; 26.28611Coordinates: 38°30′30″N 26°17′10″E / 38.50833°N 26.28611°E / 38.50833; 26.28611
Area2.448 km2 (0.945 sq mi)
RegionNorth Aegean
Regional unitChios
Population0 (2011)

With an area of 2.448 km2, it is the second largest island of the complex. According to 2011 census, the island is uninhabited, although a guard of lighthouse lives often there and a military garrison is permanently stationed on it. The most notable building on the island is the old lighthouse which was built in 1863 and has a height of 8.5 meters.[2] Since 1995, the lighthouse has been converted to solar power and it keeps a permanent staff.[3]


The island's name Pasas derives from the Ottoman-era term Pasha, while Panagia derives from the Greek name for Virgin Mary.

European migrant crisisEdit

During the European migrant crisis, Pasas has been in the frontline of Greek islands that have witnessed the arrival of immigrants from Turkey.[4]


The island of Pasas features a lighthouse which from 1995 has been converted to solar power, a military building with a permanent army garrison, and a heliport.[5] The island recently got connected to the Greek mains electricity network and Oinousses through an underwater cable. [6]


  1. ^ "Πασάς Οινουσσών". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Φάρος Πασάς Οινουσσών". Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Πασάς". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Hundreds of travellers stranded on the Greek islands of Pasas, Samos, Farmakonisi". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Μόνιμη ελληνική φρουρά στη νησίδα Πασάς; Permanent army garrison on the island of Pasas". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Μήνυμα Χαρδαλιά από τις Οινούσσες: «Τρομοκράτης» η Τουρκία, έτοιμοι να προασπίσουμε τα κυριαρχικά μας δικαιώματα". ProtoThema (in Greek). 2022-04-20. Retrieved 2022-04-21.