Castles of Greece


Dafnonas, Chios, North Aegean

Castle of Dafnonas

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Castle of Dafnonas
At the village Dafnonas in Chios island , 10 km south of the city of Chios
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Chios
• Dafnonas
Elevation ≈ 230 m 
(Relative Height≈35 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
After the 10th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Fortified Settlement  
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Dafnonas is a village at the center of Chios island, around 10km south of the city of Chios.

At the upper part of the village there are ruins of medieval buildings which are the remains of the (apparently) fortified medieval settlement of Dafnonas.

The village was founded in a different place and was transferred in its present location after 1000 AD. The “castle” must have started to develop then (in the 11th century) and continued to evolve and be extended up to the last years of Ottoman rule. It is categorized as “Genoan” making the case that the remains of the medieval village we see today come mainly from the period Chios was a Genoan territory (mid 14th to mid 16th century), as the majority of medieval monuments on the island.

Around the village there are several more towers and medieval remains that are not yet included in Kastrologos, like the tower of Lavrina, the tower of Ververato etc.


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