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Askri, Aliartos, Boeotia,Central Greece

Tower of Askri

  
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Tower of Askri
Location:
On a low rocky hill, around 2 km west of the village Askri in Boeotia
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Greece
Boeotia
Municipality > Town:
City of Aliartos
• Askri
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 470 m 
(Relative Height≈30 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th or 14th century  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Frankish tower 2km to the west of the village Askri in Viotia. It is located on a low rocky hill at the northeastern end of the legendary valley of the Muses, i.e. the location where the 9 Muses had lived and various episodes of the Greek Mythology took place.

We do not know the history of the tower, but it was definitely from the Frankish period and was built some time in the 13th or the 14th century. East of the tower are the ruins of a medieval settlement which was obviously protected by the tower. The name of the settlement was “Panagia” and in the late 17th century was already abandoned.

On a hill 2 km to the west of the tower of Askri, at the location “Pyrgaki”, there is another tower which was built by the Thespians (from the ancient Greek city of Thespiae) in the 4th century BC and which was never used again. Being a purely ancient tower that one is not included in our site.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The dimensions of the basis of the tower are 8.7x8.7m. Most of it has collapsed and only a part is preserved at a max height of 7 m.


Sources

  • Website ancientgreece - Πύργος Άσκρης (obsolete page)
  • ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΣ ΣΤΑΘΟΥΛΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Αρχιτέκτονας Μηχανικός, Μεταπτυχιακή εργασία «Η αρχιτεκτονική των μεμονωμένων πύργων της Βοιωτίας», Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, Αθήνα 2014

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