Paleohoras castle state

Paleohoras castle state, Kythira
Paleohoras castle state
Paleohoras castle state, Kythira


The Mystras of Kythira
The castle town of Paleochora is located in the north-west of the island. It was built in the 12th century by Monemvasites and was the capital of the island called Agios Dimitrios. Its location is surrounded by a deep and steep canyon making it a natural fortress. In 1537 it was destroyed by the bloodthirsty admiral of the Turkish pirate fleet Hayredin Barbarossa, who slaughtered many inhabitants and destroyed the state, which has not been rebuilt since. Today, several monuments are preserved, such as the church of Agia Varvara, an excellent example of Monemvasio architecture, famous for its ideal proportions, the church of Panagia tou Forou. There are also a large number of buildings, such as public buildings, defensive walls, which compose a unique setting, transporting the visitor to other times.

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Updated on April 15, 2024 at 8:42 pm

Additional Details

  • Hora: 21,1 km
  • Agia Pelagia: 11,4 km
  • Port: 21,6 km
  • Airport: 10,9 km


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