Castles of Greece


Dafni, Visaltia, Serres,Central Macedonia

Tower of Agia Marina

or Tower of Agios Stefanos  
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Tower of Agia Marina
1 km NW of the village Dafni of Serres region in Central Macedonia
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Macedonia
Municipality > Town:
City of Visaltia
• Dafni
Elevation ≈ 105 m 
(Relative Height≈20 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
first half 14th cent.  
Castle Type   Condition
In Ruins

Ruins of a tower 1 km NW from the village Dafni of Serres region, close to a settlement named Oreskeia.

The tower is on a low hill over the north bank of river Ezovitis.

On the same hill, under the tower, there is a chapel carved inside a rock very close to the tower. The chapel is dedicated to Agia Marina and it is mentioned in a document of the 11th century (under the name “Theotokos tou Spilaiou” i.e. “Virgin of the cave”) as a dependency of the Iviron monastery (of Athos). The name of the nearby settlement at that period was Agios Stefanos.

The tower is dated at the first half of the 14th century.


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Road map to Tower of Agia Marina

Approach to the monument:
At the entrance of the village Dafni there is a road sign to Oreskeia. On this road, after the bridge over the river, turn right on a dirt road which passes next to the tower after 500m (tower is not visible from the road)
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