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Nea Karvali, Kavala, East Macedonia & Thrace

Castle of Akontisma

  
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Castle of Akontisma
Location:
On a hill east of Nea Karvali in Eastern Macedonia, above the tunnel “Kastro” of Via Egnatia
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
East Macedonia & Thrace
Kavala
Municipality > Town:
City of Kavala
• Nea Karvali
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 80 m 
(Relative Height≈55 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
various periods  
ANCIENT
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An ancient Macedonian castle and settlement on a hill northeast of Nea Karvali, a small town east of Kavala.

The earliest phase of the fortification is dated in the 4th century BC. The spot was an important station of Via Egnatia guarding a narrow pass through the hills from Macedonia to Thrace; and also surveying a large part of the coast east of Kavala.
Therefore Romans, Byzantines and even Ottomans took good care for the protection of this hill as well as of the neighboring hills west of Nea Karvali, closer to Kavala.

Most recognizable are the Byzantine modifications (14th century) as well as the extensive fortification works that were carried out during WW I.


Sources

  • Photos and info by Mr. Alexandros Martinis.

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