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Castle, Assos

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he Assos Castle is a Venetian fortification on Cephalonia island in western Greece.
Together with Saint George's Castle, the castle of Assos is a fine example of military architecture of the island of Cephalonia—British general Charles James Napier described is as 'stronger than Gibraltar'—and one of its main tourist attractions. It overlooks the bay of Agia Kyriaki, north of Paliki, and could act as a base from which to defend the island, to protect against pirates as well as a naval invasion. The castle stands on the top of a 170 m high rocky hill, which encompasses the entire peninsula of Assos. The castle is protected by a wall of 2000 meters length, and covers an area of 44,000 sq. meters.
While Cephalonia was under Venetian rule, in 1584, a petition by the nobles of Cephalonia was presented to the Venetian Senate for the creation of a new fortress, as the Castle of Saint George (the other castle of Cephalonia) could not defend the entire island against the Turkish threat and the pirate raids. At the time Venice had a plan for protecting territories in the east by founding a city within the castle and moving their administration there from St. George's. Building commenced in 1593 under the supervision of Ambrosius Cornelius, as the sign outside the main gate shows. The castle was built by the Venetian architect Marino Gentillini, between 1593-6. Gentillini eventually married and settled in Cephalonia, and his name was inscribed in the Libro d'Oro of noble families. His descendants today preserve the pioneering Gentillini winery.
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  • Fat boy, severely challenged, near 70 year old with dodgy knees and hips walked up to the castle. Needed a good few stops on the way. Need to take water with you no cafe at the top, large area to...  more »
  • Lovely climb from assos uphill to the castle. You can take the easy way or the goat track near the ocean. We took the second one. The views are great!  more »
  • We had a wander over to Assos and decided to have a walk up to the remains of the Venetian castle. We started early to avoid an uphill wander in the heat. The paved pathway to the top is long but not....  more »
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  • Walk through the Venetian and Greek ruins without restrictions. Take the alternative route on the way up it may be more slippery trying to descend that way. There is no taverna at the top. A lot of people seem to think there might be. Walk through the village to the church that is the only standing building that hasn't been restored. Worth the effort.
  • Beautiful views, we left at 6am to get up for sunrise at the top. Plenty of goats, olive trees - picturesque from start to finish. Would reccomend a visit especially it's an easy walk on a long paved path.
  • Amazed with the views from every height. It honestly just kept getting better. Fantastic views of the Assos town and surrounding areas. Once up at the Castle, not too much to see however the walk both up and down is beautiful. Nice smooth footpath which makes the walk easier. Once up at the castle, the path becomes more like dirt and stone... wear appropriate shoes!
  • Wonderful walk up to the castle with an amazing view of Assos. Behind the castle wall there are many old ruins scattered around. There are 2 paths up to the castle. One is paved and the other goes around the side of the mountain which is not paved. I suggest going up the side of the mountain first and then going down the paved route.
  • Beautiful walk. Choose the small dirt path leading upwards and enjoy a great hike along the other side of the peninsula. We took the normal, paved road down. Enough benches along the way. If you take the hike, don't forget to bring enough water, better shoes than flip flops and enjoy the view!

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