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Didymoteichon, Didymoteichon, Evros,East Macedonia & Thrace

Castle of Didymoteichon

  
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Castle of Didymoteichon
Location:
Kale hill, Didymoteichon, Thrace, NE Greece
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
East Macedonia & Thrace
Evros
Municipality > Town:
City of Didymoteichon
• Didymoteichon
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 65 m 
(Relative Height≈60 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
6th century  
BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Fortress-state  
Not Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is the most important castle of the Greek region of Thrace and one of the major Byzantine monuments of North Greece.


History

Various elements in the castle waals indicate there was a fortification in this loacation much earlier than the Byzantine period. The castle in its current form was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian.

Later, in 751, the walls were reinforced during the reign of Constantine V. A final major reconstruction took place in 1303.


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Road map to Castle of Didymoteichon

Access
Approach to the monument:
From the center of the town there are signs that lead, through narrow and uphill streets, inside the castle.
Entrance:
The entrance is free.

Timeline
  • 6th cent. AD: Fortification during the reign of Justinian
  • 751:  Renovation during the reign of Constantine V
  • 1303: Reinforcement of the fortification
  • ~1330: key stronghold in the Byzantine civil wars
  • 1361: Ottoman conquest
  • 1829: Extensive damages in the Ottoman-Russian war



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