Castles of Greece


Papagou, Papagou-Cholargos, Athens,Attica

Tower of St. John monastery

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Tower of St. John monastery
Ymittos, close to Papagou cemetery, near Athens
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Papagou-Cholargos
• Papagou
Elevation ≈ 260 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
15th cent. (?)  
Castle Type   Condition
Relatively Good

The monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos is in Athens area, in the Papagou municipality.

In the inner yard of the monastery there is a medieval tower.

It is difficult to establish the chronology of the whole complex. The wall paintings of the monastery are dated back to 16th century following a middle- Byzantine style.

The best guess is that the monastery was created some time in 15th to 17th century, while the tower is a little older.

Structure, Fortification & Buildings

It is a cylindrical 3-storey building 9.9m high with a diameter of 3.75m. The thickness of the wall is 61cm.

It is preserved in relatively good condition.


  • Ορλάνδος Αν., Ευρετήριο Μεσαιωνικών Μνημείων της Ελλάδος Γ΄- Μεσαιωνικά Μνημεία της πεδιάδος των Αθηνών και των κλιτύων Υμηττού -Πεντελικού-Πάρνηθος και Αιγάλεω, Αθήναι 1933, σ. 168-169, Μπούρας Χ., Βυζαντινή και Μεταβυζαντινή Αρχιτεκτονική στην Ελλάδα, σ. 254, Αρχαιολογικό Δελτίο 27 (1972) Β1 Χρονικά, σ. 186.
  • M. K. Langdon, (survey 1986), The Mortared Towers of Central Greece: An Attic Supplement, The Annual of the British School at Athens, Vol. 90, Centenary Volume (1995), pp. 495

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Road map to Tower of St. John monastery

Approach to the monument:
From the ring road of Ymittos, exit Y2

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