Castles/Forts in Ionian Islands


This Venetian fortress was designed to protect one of Kythera’s most important ports and keep a vigilant eye over the Aegean.
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Found near Kastro village on this beautifully lush little island off the coast of Lefkada you’ll be able to visit the remains of a fortified monastery whose history isn’t well documented.
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Also called Fortezza, this castle was built by the Venetians in the 1200s boasting many architecturally noteworthy characteristics here, including a prison, gunpowder storage tower, homes that belonged to over 200 soldiers, and a domed cistern.
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This breathtaking example of Venetian architecture was built on flaming red rock that comes to brilliant life at sunset. St. Mark’s lion, the coat-of-arms of the Venetian Republic, adorns the gate above the entrance.
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The New Fortress, built in the 16th Century, stands opposite the Old Fortress and boasts the Bastion of the Seven Winds where stunning views reward your uphill trek.
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The Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio in Greek) looms before you as you stroll down Spianada Square, reminding visitors of the many sieges Corfu withstood and the crucial role it played in the Mediterranean’s military defenses.
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Built in the 12th Century by Byzantines from Monemvasia, it’s strategically located within a stunning gorge that offers ample natural protection. Within the fortress you’ll find the beautiful Church of St. Barbara.
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This Byzantine castle majestically reigns above the Paleokastritsa area. Hike up a path to explore this 13th Century site where you’ll find the quaint church of Taxiarchi-Archangelou Michail and the intriguing Chapel of St. Kyriaki housed inside a cave boasting beautiful 18th Century murals.
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Built during the Byzantium and then restored by the Venetians, you’ll be able to explore remains dating back to the 12th-16th Centuries. This castle provided a strategically significant overview of the island and the Ionian and as such was adopted by the Venetians as the island’s medieval capital.
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Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.
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This fortress was erected in the 1500s by the Venetians at a time when Kefallonia was plagued by pirate raids.The view from the fortress will not only enchant you but also show you first-hand why this fortification was strategically vital.The fortress’ imposing stone walls are over 2000 meters long, so walk along them as you explore.
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