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Lakki, population 1990, formerly Portolago, is a community on the Greek island of Leros, in the Dodecanese, at the head of Lakki Bay.The area was built up as the main base of the Italian Royal Navy in the Dodecanese starting in 1923. The town of Portolago was founded in the 1930s, under Italian rule, as a new model town, most of whose inhabitants were from the Italian military. After Leros was transferred to Greece in 1947, it was renamed Lakki.HistoryLike the rest of the Dodecanese, Leros was ruled by Italy from 1912-1943. The Italian authorities founded the town of Portolago in the 1930s as a new model town, named after Mario Lago, the Governor of the Italian colony from 1922 to 1936. It is one of the best examples of Italian Rationalist architecture, with buildings by Armando Bernabiti and Rodolfo Petracco. Mussolini was said to have a mansion for himself near town.The buildings include: Casa del Balilla (House of the Fascist Youth) (1933), Bernabiti Covered market (1934–1936), Petracco Elementary school and creche (1934–1936), Petracco City Hall and Casa del Fascio (Fascist Party headquarters) (1935–1938), Bernabiti Cinema/Theater (1936–1938), Bernabiti Church of Saint Francis (now of Saint Nicholas) (1935–1939), Bernabiti
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