Castle of Oria (or Salmeniko)

Built sometime between 1280 and 1310, the remains of this castle on the outskirts of Kalavrita lie at an altitude of 1100 meters, surrounded by many legends and wars. Supposedly, Aikaterini Palaiologou, one of the few remaining notables of the Byzantine dynasty, leapt to her death in 1463 from the castle to avoid capture from the Ottoman Turks. In a twist of fate some 360 years later in 1821, the Greeks fired the first cannon against the Ottoman occupation towards its end. Today, only some ruins and part of a gate can be seen, but the place is still enchanting.

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