Androusa, Messini, Messenia,Peloponnese
Castle of Androusa
|Androusa, Messinia, SW Peloponnese|
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Elevation ≈ 155 m
(Relative Height≈80 m)
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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.
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 1432, the Paleologi family, the Byzantine rulers of the Despotate of Mystras took the castle. In 1462 the Turks captured Androusa.
- Pictures sent by Konstantinos Paganis
- Andrew Sawyer’s site 'castles of Greece'- Androusa
- photos by Ms.Jennifer Jones
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