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Androusa, Messini, Messenia,Peloponnese

Castle of Androusa

  
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Castle of Androusa
Location:
Androusa, Messinia, SW Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Messenia
Municipality > Town:
City of Messini
• Androusa
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 155 m 
(Relative Height≈80 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
after 1250  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Average
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Frankish castle in the village of Androusa in Messenia 21km from Kalamata.

The highlight in the history of the castle is that it was the seat of the notorious mercenaries of the Navarrese Company who were the last Frankish rulers of the Principality of Achaea. In those times, around the end of the 14th century, it was one of the most important castles in Peloponnese.


History

The castle was built some time after 1250 by the ruler of the Principality of Achaea Guillaume II de Villehardouin.

In 1381 became the seat of the Navarrese Company, a company of mercenaries, mostly from Navarre and Gascony, who fought in Greece during the late 14th century and early 15th century, in the twilight of Frankish power in the dwindling remnant of the Latin Empire

The company was hired to help James of Baux to claim the throne of Achaea. They were not very successful, but eventually they became the de facto rulers of the Pricipality of Achaea and Androusa was their seat.

In 1417, the Paleologi family, the Byzantine rulers of the Despotate of Mystras took the castle. In 1462 the Turks captured Androusa.


Sources

  • Pictures sent by Konstantinos Paganis
  • Andrew Sawyer’s site 'castles of Greece'- Androusa
  • photos by Ms.Jennifer Jones
  • photos and access info by Mr.Georgios Kostopoulos

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Road map to Castle of Androusa

Access
Approach to the monument:
Entering into the village from the south (starting from Messini) we turned right to ta paved road which soon becomes a dirt road but we are already in front of the castle.
Entrance:
Free entrance.

Timeline
  • After 1250: Built by Guillaume Villehardouin
  • 1381: Seat of the Navarrese Company
  • 1417: Possession of the Despotate of Moreas
  • 1462: Ottoman conquest
  • 1686: Venetian occupation
  • 1715: Return of the Turks
  • 1821: Greek Revolution and liberation



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