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Agios Matthaios, Corfu, Kerkyra,Ionian islands

Gardiki Castle

  
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Gardiki Castle
Location:
Agios Matthaios, Corfu
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Ionian islands
Kerkyra
Municipality > Town:
City of Corfu
• Agios Matthaios
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 35 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th century  
BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Relatively Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The castle of Gardiki is near the village of Agios Matheos (St. Mathew), 23 km west of the city of Corfu. It was built by the Byzantines in the 13th century and is considered a "twin" of Angelokastro.


History

It is not known when exactly it was built. Most probably, in the beginning of the 13th century, when the Byzantine ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Michael I Komnenos, made an effort to reinforce the defense of Corfu against pirates and the attacks of the Franks and the Italian states. Some sources believe that it existed since earlier, the 11th century.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The castle has an octangular layout with 8 rectangular towers. There are two gates of which the south one was the main gate and still in use today.


Sources

  • Photos: John Gekas

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