Castles of Greece


Skala Eresou, Lesbos, North Aegean

Vigla of Eresos

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Vigla of Eresos
On a hill SE of Skala Eresou in Lesbos island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Lesbos
• Skala Eresou
Elevation ≈ 45 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Coastal Fortress  
Not Good


Vigla of Eresos is the location of the ancient acropolis of Eresos near the beach and south-east of the modern town of Skala Eresou.

In antiquity, since the time of the Trojan war, Eresos was a rich town. It remained prosperous in the Middle Ages too.

In the beginning of the 14th century the Byzantines built a new castle over the ancient fortification. After 1355 it became a possession of the Gateluzzi who ruled the island until 1462 when the Ottomans took Lesvos.

After the Ottoman conquest the castle was not used anymore and the town gradually declined.

Structure, Fortification & Buildings

Only a few ruins remain today: a cylindrical tower (Byzantine or Genoan), a rectangular tower (rather Turkish) and a water-tank. The two towers are quite different and obviously built in different periods. The cylindrical tower which is the oldest of the two, is built mostly with fragments from the ancient fortification.
The water-tank is probably from the Roman period but it is in relatively good condition.


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