Castles of Greece


Nea Fokea, Kassandra, Chalkidiki,Central Macedonia

Tower of Fokea

or Tower of Agios Pavlos  
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Tower of Fokea
Nea Fokea in Kassandra peninsula, Chalkidiki, North Greece
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Macedonia
Municipality > Town:
City of Kassandra
• Nea Fokea
Elevation ≈ 10 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
perhaps after 1407  
Castle Type   Condition
Relatively Good

A Byzantine tower protecting the dependency of the monastery of Agios Pavlos of Athos mountain. It is the only of the numerous monastic towers in Chalkidiki that is preserved in its original height.

In 1407, the Byzantine emperor Ioannis Paleologus donated the territory to the monastery of Agios Pavlos. The tower must have been built a little later.

The tower is 17m tall and its basis covers a surface of ca. 50 sq.m. The materials came mainly from the adjacent ancient site.

Next to the tower is the church of Agioi Apostoloi built in 1868.

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Road map to Tower of Fokea

Approach to the monument:
On the NR Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki (in the first "leg") turn right and enter the Nea Fokea village. The tower is on the little port.
Free access in the area but no entrance inside

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