Castles of Greece


Paramythia, Souli, Thesprotia,Epirus

Castle of Agios Donatos

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Castle of Agios Donatos
On a hiil above Paramythia, Epirus
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Souli
• Paramythia
Elevation ≈ 550 m 
(Relative Height≈100 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
6th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

An ancient castle above the town of Paramythia in Epirus.

The position was fortified for the first time in the Hellenistic period. In the 6th century AD it was rebuilt like many other castles of the Byzantine empire during the reign of Justinian. The castle remained in use during the whole Byzantine period as well as during the Turkokratia (Ottoman occupation). After the 13th century, the castle belonged to the Despotate of Epirus and thereafter changed many rulers (Serbs, Albanians, Byzantines, Latins) until the Ottoman conquest in 1449.

With the development of the town of Paramythia, the settlement in the castle gradually declined until the beginning of the 19th century when it was finally abandoned.

The castle was named after the patron said of Paramythia, Saint Donatos.

It lies in ruins today. Some parts of the western Byzantine walls and the remains of a tower are still visible. There is no main gate. Inside, there are some ruins from the Turkish period.

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Road map to Castle of Agios Donatos

Approach to the monument:
From the town of Paramythia. You reach the town from "Via Egnatia", the new NR Igoumenitsa-Thessaloniki, exit Paramythia.

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