Castles of Greece


Vyziki, Gortynia, Arcadia,Peloponnese

Castle of Acova

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Castle of Acova
3.5m east of Vyziki village, Arcadia, Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Gortynia
• Vyziki
Elevation ≈ 720 m 
(Relative Height≈410 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
around 1250  
Castle Type   Condition
Not Good

An important castle once from which only a few ruins remain today. It is in Arcadia, east of the village Vyziki, on a hill.


The castle was built in 1250. Acova is mentioned for the first time in medieval history during the frankish occupation. It was one of the major regions of the Principality of Achaea. The Franks divided Peloponnese into twelve baronies, mostly centred around a newly constructed castle—a testament to the fact that the Franks were a military elite amidst a potentially hostile Greek population

Acova was one of the most important with 24 Fiefs. The first holder was Walter of Rosières of Burgundian origin

In 1318 the castle was sold to the Byzantne Andronikos Paleologos.

In 1458 was captured by the Ottomans of Mohamed II the Conqueror.

Between 1684 and 1715 it was under Venetian rule. Then the Ottomans returned and the once important city declined and was gradually abandoned.


  • Website BYZIKION - ΑΚΟΒΑ ή ΑΚΩΒΑ (Greek only)
  • Τάκης Χ. Κανδηλώρος, Ιστορία της Γορτυνίας, Εκδόσεις Δρόμων, Αθήνα 2010 (Greek book)

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Like most remote, ruined and neglected fortifications, entrance is not an issue. The difficult part is to approach the castle and walk around inside.

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