five Greek castle towns that have stood the test of time


Greece is dwelling to hundreds of effectively-recognized monuments and archaeological web-sites, most of which can be located in travel guides. Having said that, this post aims to offer a much more in depth appear into Greece’s lesser-recognized landmarks, its castle-towns, which are seldom talked about in the standard tour guides. The towns that will be uncovered additional down, produced it by means of all the wars and all-natural disasters Greece endured more than the centuries. Now, they are much more or significantly less effectively-preserved towns excellent for any one who desires to knowledge a distinct and one of a kind sight.

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights, Rhodes

There are numerous eye-catching gems inside the old town of the island of Rhodes. The most prominent 1 is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights. This fortress was constructed in the 14thcentury by the Knights of St. John and has survived all the invasions Rhodes has had to endure by several civilizations and empires. The castle was constructed for the neighborhood governor and was initially meant to be his residence, on the other hand, the Turks employed it as a fortress. This impressive fortress produced its way on the UNESCO Planet Heritage Web-site List and is a highlight for whoever has the luck to take a look at this magnificent island.

Fortezza of Rethymno, Crete

Fortezza of Rethymno is a star-shaped fortress, constructed about 1570 by the Venetians to safeguard the city and port of Rethymno against the Turks. In 1646, the Ottomans invaded and occupied Rethymno and turned the Catholic church of Saint Nicolo, situated inside the fortress, into a mosque for a several years. Having said that, in the 20thcentury, the situations began to alter as the town itself started to expand. The residents necessary to relocate outdoors of the fortress walls. The 3 gates and the six ramparts that the castle capabilities, are nonetheless evident these days and Rethymno turned out to be 1 of the most quaint and genuine towns on the island of Crete.

Castle of Lepanto, Central Greece

The Castle of Lepanto is situated in the charming seaside town of Nafpaktos, in Central Greece, two and half hours far from Athens. Supplying 1 of the most stellar examples of Greek fortress architecture, this castle also presents spectacular views of the Corinthian Gulf along with one more architectural gem, a bridge connecting the towns of Rio and Antirio.  Lepanto Castle is possibly 1 of the greatest-preserved castles in the whole nation. It was constructed on the hill overlooking the whole city and all through history it has been invaded by quite a few nations such as the Ottoman Empire, the Venetians and the English. The most popular battle that was fought in Nafpaktos, was the battle of Lepanto exactly where the Spanish, Venetians and Habsburgs joined forces to overthrow the Ottoman Empire in 1571. The statue of the Spanish literary master, Miguel Cervantes, is located in Nafpaktos as he also fought in the Battle of Lepanto.

Castle of Astypalaia

One more island of the Dodecanese presents a lovely touch to the currently image-ideal island as its dark stonewalls contrast with the white washed homes surrounding it. In 1413, the Venetian official Giovanni Querini constructed the castle on a hill to safeguard the city and the population of the island from the enemies. Inside the castle walls, there are two churches, Agios Georgios, the oldest of the two constructed about 1790 and the second 1 is devoted to the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary constructed in 1853. The developing supplies employed to construct the second church are from the houses of the Venetian official Querini. The castle has been renovated and maintained even just after a disastrous earthquake in 1953 and remains 1 of the most impressive landmarks on the island.

Mystras Castle, Peloponnese

Mystras Castle, a UNESCO-listed monument, is situated on the slopes of Mount Taygetos in the Peloponnese. Geoffroi de Villehardouin constructed the castle of this fortified town close to Sparta in 1249.  The Frankish noble, who briefly gained rule of the Peloponnese, tremendously influenced the design and style of the castle. Each Frankish and Greek cultures are evident in the one of a kind art portrayed on the walls. Currently, 1 can find out Byzantines churches and the remains of the castle, as the city hasn’t had any residents given that the 1920’s but it is overflowing with vacationers, as the area is just marvelous and complete of history.

George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-created private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is searching for to return to the genuine type of individual discovery and discover actually life-enriching travel experiences.

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