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THE CASTLE OF KORONI

On the southwest side of the Peloponnese, at a distance of 52 kilometers from the city of Kalamata, you will find the Castle of Koroni, at the foot of which the picturesque city spreads. The ruins of the castle are at the end of the port, where the small lanes of the settlement of Koroni lead.The castle, built in the end of the 13th century, has been held by Francs, Venetians and Turks. Its architectural style combines gothic, byzantine and ottoman elements, while in its interior part the r.....

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THE CASTLE OF METHONI

On the southwest end of the Peloponnese, there is the fortress of Methoni, built by Venetians, at a small peninsula. It is linked with the land only on its one side and perimetrically it is washed by the sea. Bourtzi also plays an important role in the special style of the castle, which forms the connection with the land by a stone-built bridge. Its impressive walls remain intact even nowadays.Methoni, which has been widely known since the antiquity for its port, had been contested by many .....

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THE CASTLE OF KALAMATA

At the highest point of Kalamata, among the pine trees, there is the Castle of the city. Having survived through the course of time, the Castle of Kalamata bears the whole history of the city in its ruins. It offers a panoramic view of the city, from the historic centre to the Messenian Gulf, an ideal shot for photograph lovers.According to mythology this was the hill where hero Pharis, after which the ancient city had been named Pharai, built the citadel. In the 6th century A.C. a Christia.....

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NIOKASTRO (NEW CASTLE) OF PYLOS

In the seaside city of Pylos, on the south part of the Bay of Navarino, there is the distinctive Castle of Pylos. It was named Niokastro (new castle), since the former castle of the area was named Palaiokastro (old castle). In an area of 80.000 square meters, the hexagonal citadel of the fortress, which is still preserved, is rather impressive.Niokastro was constructed by the Ottomans in 1573, in order to control the south entrance, in Navarino’s pass. As the other castles of the wider area.....

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THE CASTLE OF KYPARISSIA

On the east of the Messenian city, built on a rocky hill, there is the Castle of the Giants. It was named like that, because of the big size of its constructive materials. It is completely harmonized with the city, since below the castle there are the traditional houses and mansions of the city.The Castle of Kyparissia was built during the Byzantine period at the same place where the ancient citadel used to be. Afterwards, it passed over to the Francs as well as to the Turks. In the Middle .....

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