Castles/Forts in Epirus (Northwest Greece)


The remains of this once impressive castle lie between the villages of Petra and Nea Kerasounta in the south west corner of Preveza Prefecture.
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The Kahal Kadosh Yashan synagogue known as the “old synagogue” can be found within the castle’s walls along Justinian Street. Its foundation is believed to date back to the Byzantine period.
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The tumultuous history of this castle is representative of many others throughout the region. It was originally built sometime during the 17th century by the Turks.
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In between the villages of Agia and Anthousa north of Parga, stands one of the most well – preserved castles within the region.
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This impressive castle stands on a promontory above the entrance of Parga’s harbour. It was first built by the Venetians but was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its volatile history.
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One of the oldest castles in the region is the Castle of Riniasas which silently stands sentinel on a hilltop near the village of Riza.
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In 1807, Ali Pasha decided to build this large fortress on a cape 3 kilometres west of Preveza along the coast of the Ionian Sea.
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Next to the Mosque of Aslan Pasha are the remains of the castle’s kitchens, where Ali Pasha’s decadent meals were once prepared. They were built towards the end of the 18th century and today a small cafe operates from this space.
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At the central gate of the castle you’ll find the impressive clock tower built by local architect Pericles Melirritos during the rule of Osman Pasha from 1897 - 1905. It was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of rule under the Sultan Abdoul Hamit Han and contains inscriptions from the Koran.
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Under the supervision of then ruler Ali Pasha, this castle was constructed during the beginning of the 19th century. It stands at the southern side of the city and was built in a similar style as Agios Andreas.
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Meaning “five wells”, these impressive structures outside the village of Kleisoura are definitely worth exploring. They were built during the beginning of the 19th century in western European Baroque style by the Turks. The high quality of its stonework may explain why the castle has been preserved so well.
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Located between Skafidaki and Aktio, this rampart was constructed by Ali Pasha around the same time as the Castle of Agios Andreas. It was built in order to control and protect the harbour. Today one can also see the outer walls which surrounded it as an extra measure of defence.
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