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Levkas, Lefkada, Lefkas,Ionian islands

Agia Mavra Castle

  
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Agia Mavra Castle
Location:
Lefkas island, at the entrance of the island from the mainland
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Ionian islands
Lefkas
Municipality > Town:
City of Lefkada
• Levkas
Altitude:
Zero Altitude
Time of Construction   Origin
around 1300  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Coastal Fortress  
Relatively Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

One of the most impressive medieval buildings in Greece. It was built around 1300 by the Lombard lord Ioanni Orsini when he got the island of Lefkas as a wedding gift when he married the daughter of the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus Nikiphoros I.


History

1302: Construction of a small fortress by Orsini
1331: Conquest by G. de Brienne and forces of the Kingdom of Naples
1362: Annexed by Leonardo Tocco, count of Kefalonia
1410-1420: Fortification improvements by Carlo I Tocco
1479: Captured by the Ottomans
1502: Captured by Western Allies and occupation by Venetians
1503: Given to Turks in exchange for Kefalonia
1566-1571: Extensive reconstruction and creation of Ottoman town
1684: Captured by the Venetians under Morosini
1797: Occupation by the French
1798: Captured by Russian forces in alliance with the Turks
1807: Return of the French after the victories of Napoleon
1810: Captured by the British
1864: Union of the Ionian islands with Greece


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Road map to Agia Mavra Castle

Access
Approach to the monument:
The castle is at the entrance of the Lefkas island from the mainland, just before the bridge.
Entrance:
Free entrance Tuesday to Sunday, mornings only


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