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Chlemoutsi, Katakolo

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Chlemoutsi is a medieval castle in the northwest of the Elis regional unit in the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece, in the Kastro-Kyllini municipality.It was built in the early 1220s by the Crusader rulers of the Principality of Achaea as their main stronghold, and is perhaps the finest fortification of the early period of Frankish rule in Greece preserved in the country today. The castle is located on a small plateau 226m above sea level, and comprises a central hexagonal keep, built around an inner courtyard and containing two-storeyed halls along its entire length, and complemented by an outer wall enclosing an outer yard on its western side. The castle is largely preserved in its original 13th-century state, with only minor later modifications for the installation of artillery.Located near the Principality's capital of Andravida and the chief port of Glarentza, Chlemoutsi played a central role in the Principality's history, but was never actually besieged. After coming under Byzantine rule in 1427, it was captured in 1460 by the Ottoman Empire, along with the rest of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea. In Ottoman times, minor additions were made to provide platforms for artillery, but the castle progressively lost its significance and was completely deserted by the late 18th century. In 1825, during the Greek War of Independence, part of its outer wall was demolished to prevent the Greek rebels from using it. Today it is a preserved monument open to the public.
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  • Awesome views. The best swzwmeno Castle in Peloponisso. good for the kids!! Catarina eida schools!!!
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  • Being in the north-western part of the Peloponnese, I encourage you to watch the beautiful castle of Chlemoutsi. For me, the fact that almost all round trips do not have in your program this monument in – it's such a paradox. The fact is that the road to the fortress is sometimes hard to take even a small passenger cars (very narrow and winding) but no such way the Greek driver coaches defeat. The nearest larger town is portowo-Kyllini ferry (Killini), but you might want to rent a car and see the Chlemoutsi fortress without a guide...... (tickets are valid-a few euros)-a unique monument of architecture frankońsko-Byzantine and seat Crusaders. The Castle began to spring up around the year 1220 and has colourful, exciting story. In his time passed through the hands of the Franks, Catalans again reigned there, Franks, Turks and Venetians ... and again ... The Turks ... Practically the best preserved Castle of the Franks in the Peloponnese and from the Hill on which stands, offering great views of the Ionian Sea, the island of Zakynthos and Kefalonię in the distance. At the foot of the Citadel overlooks the olive groves, the sea and the sleepy town ... due to the small tourist traffic hard here at cafes or restaurants. As usual it is ... for some it will be probably adventure, while others will say that it's just a pile of stones.  . Recommend beat a few miles and see the beach and Kalamia. Getaway on a private trip I planned the hotel Aldemar Olympian Village to the fortress Chlemanoutsi to 5 godzin...na ease between breakfast and lunch to be packed some ... with filling up cars and coffee along the way. I recommend!
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  • שתינו את הקפה בקיצור,כלומר ללא ישיבה בטלה בשמש ונעיצת עינים בהולכים ושבים בי אצה לנו הדרך למבצר. .חובבי הטירות והמבצרים הענקיים, החולשים על שטחי ענק וחבלי ארץ רחבים, לא יפספסו את המבצר בקלמוטסי .המבצר...  more »