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Araxos, Dytiki Achaea, Achaea,West Greece

Dymaean Wall

or Castle of Kalogria  
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Dymaean Wall
Location:
Araxos in Achaea, on the NE shore of the lake Strofilia, in NW Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
West Greece
Achaea
Municipality > Town:
City of Dytiki Achaea
• Araxos
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 50 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
1300 BC  
ANCIENT
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Castle Type   Condition
Ancient Castle  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Dymaean Wall (Greek: Τείχος Δυμαίων) or Kalogria Castle (from the nearby beach of Kalogria) is a prehistoric acropolis in western Achaea, Greece. The acropolis remained in use through the Middle Ages by the Byzantines and the Venetians, mainly.


Location & Strategic Scope

The fortification is 35km west of the city of Patra, near the village of Araxos, at the NE shore of the lake Strofili, which by the way it is a unique place.


History

It was built in the Mycenaean period, probably around 1300 BC, but human occupation of the site started already around 3500 BC. It was deserted in the 18th century. During World War II it was used again by occupying Italian forces, who built a number of military installations on the site and damaged the prehistoric fortifications.

It was named the Dymaean Wall after the nearby ancient city Dyme. During the war between the Achaean and the Aetolian Leagues (220–217 BC) it was seized by king Philip V of Macedon.


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Road map to Dymaean Wall

Access
Approach to the monument:
From Patra drive west to Araxos village and to the lake of Strofilia. Distance around 30min. From Araxos go to the small village Taxiarhes. The wall is on a hill above it.
Entrance:
Open 08:00 to 15:00, every day.
Free entrance.


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