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Polichni, Oichalia, Messenia,Peloponnese

Castle of Archangelos of Messinia

  
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Castle of Archangelos of Messinia
Location:
On a hill north of the village Polichni in Messinia
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Messenia
Municipality > Town:
City of Oichalia
• Polichni
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 142 m 
(Relative Height≈60 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A castle on a hill above the village Polichni, 10 km from Meligalas.

In the middle of the ruins there is the chuch of Agii Taxiarches.

The church is older. It was Byzantine and built in the 10th century with frescoes of the 18th century. The fortifications and the castle around are Frankish from the 14th century.


History

The castle is identified with the Castle of Archangelos which is connected with the Florentine family of Acciaioli who around the middle of the 14th century became powerful in the Principality of Achaea.

The Latins named the castle “Archangelos” because of the pre-existing church. In 1418, the castle was occupied by the Byzantine Greeks of the Despotate of Mystras and in 1460 was taken by the Ottomans.


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