Castles of Greece


Strefi, Pylos - Nestor, Messenia,Peloponnese

Castle of Debridge

or Castle of Pelekanada (?) or  Mollines castle (?)  
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Castle of Debridge
On a hill around 500m SW of the village Strefi in Messinia, southern Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Pylos - Nestor
• Strefi
Elevation ≈ 205 m 
(Relative Height≈80 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th or 15th cent.  
Castle Type   Condition
In Ruins

Ruins of a castle atop a low hill close to the village Strefi in Messinia above the little river Velikas.

The Name of the Castle

The local name of the castle is Ntempriz, borrowed from a nearby well-preserved medieval bridge with the same name. This is a non-Greek name that we prefer to write “Debridge” since it is obviously related to the bridge.


The castle is Frankish. We can be sure about this because of its name and because we know that the territory was Franksih until the 15th century. The border with the Venetian territory of Avramio was a little to the south.

The mediaval name of the castle was probably Molines, built in the late 13th century. It could be also the Castemu castle built in 1402 near the vilage Chastemi (modern Lefkochora).

Whatever the initial name, the territory passed under Venetian control in 1423 and remained so perhaps until 1467 or, the latest, 1500, when the Turks captured Koron and the First Venetian period in Peloponnesse ended.


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