Castles/Forts in Evia


Overlooking the peaceful seaside village of Oreoi, the remains of a once-grand castle stand sentinel. Built up during the period of Frankish rule, the castle was inhabited continuously throughout the Byzantine and medieval periods.
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Standing sentinel above the seaside town of Karystos, Castello Rosso or “red castle” is one of Evia’s most well-known monuments.
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Rising abruptly from the otherwise flat Lilandia plains, the Castle of Fila towers over the modern-day town of the same name.
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Complete with multi-sided towers, ramparts and an interior church, the castle of Karababas is an excellent record in itself of Halkida’s history over the past 300 years.
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The charming village of Gouvies just 15 klm. Northeast of Istiaia is home to what is today referred to as the Drosini Tower. Its name comes from the last person to call it home, the poet Georgios Drosinis, one of the most famous throughout Modern Greek literature.
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West of the village of Dafni in north central Evia, ruins of a castle can be seen on a low hill at Kastro, near the road heading to Strofilias.
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The Frankish fortification known as “Potiri Castle” gets its name from its cylindrical shape (Potiri means glass in Greek). Originally built by the Byzantines, it was overtaken by the Franks in 1205.
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Little remains of the walls from this fortification near the area of Stefani just southwest of Mourtia. Though only mere pieces of the castle walls have been found, several artefacts dating back to the Classical era have been unearthed here.
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Karystos’ coastal fortress lies just at the edge of the city along the waterfront. It remains in such well-preserved condition that it’s hard to believe the structure dates back more than 700 years.
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Located outside the picturesque seaside village of Kymi, the remnants of this medieval castle lie next to the Monastery of the Transfiguration.
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Four kilometres north of the village of Giannitsi lay the ruins of this castle which offers its visitors incredible views over the plains below as well as the Aegean to the east.
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Built by the Venetians around 1205 AD, this castle commands a privileged spot overlooking the village of Psachnon. Parts of its walls, ramparts and the foundations of towers still remain today, though most of the castle was destroyed by the Turks in 1470.
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This small fortification built with large stone slabs sits at the entrance of the Manikiatis Gorge just above the small hamlet of Vrysi. Researchers have also discovered ruins at this site which date back to the Hellenistic period.
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Just outside the village of Koutoumoula, travellers have the opportunity to see one of the best preserved Venetian towers throughout the country.
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