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NIOKASTRO (NEW CASTLE) OF PYLOS
 
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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, at the end of the 17th area it passed over to the Venetians and then back to the Turks, in the beginning of the 18th century. Finally, the castle of Pylos was set free in 1828. During the Second World War it had been used as a prison for some years. Nowadays, very few buildings are preserved in its interior part, along with the hexagonal citadel and its lice.

The Centre of Underwater Archaeological Survey is also housed in the Castle, and this is the reason why some areas have been converted into working places. The collection of French philhellene Rene Puaux, who aspired to the establishment of a museum of artifacts from the Greek Revolution, is housed in the building of the barracks.

See also in this category
THE CASTLE OF KORONI
THE CASTLE OF METHONI
THE CASTLE OF KALAMATA
THE CASTLE OF KYPARISSIA
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