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Magouliana, Gortynia, Arcadia,Peloponnese

Argyrokastro

or Gortyniako Dynamari  
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Argyrokastro
Location:
On a mountain top, above Magouliana, Arcadia, Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Arcadia
Municipality > Town:
City of Gortynia
• Magouliana
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 1450 m 
(Relative Height≈650 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
probably 13th century  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Argyrokastro (Greek: Αργυρόκαστρο, "silver castle") is a castle in Peloponnese, Greece. It is located in mountainous Arcadia, near the village of Magouliana, at an elevation of 1,450 m. It is also known as the Gortyniako Dynamari which means “Stronghold of Gortynia”.

Some local websites brag that this is the 'highest castle in Peloponnese', but it is actually the highest castle in Greece, from what we know so far.

The castle is not mentioned by sources of the 13th or the 14th century, but it appears in stories about conflicts in the 15th century. It was the most important stronghold of that region (northern part of modern Arcadia prefecture).

Only a few ruins from its walls remain today. It is said that the castle was the summer retreat of the Villehardouin family, the rulers of the Principality of Achaea.


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Access
Approach to the monument:
After Magouliana a paved road leads to the village Lasta. This road passes very close to the hill of this castle
Entrance:
Free access


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