Castles of Greece


Ano Mera, Mykonos, Cyclades,South Aegean

Castle of Ghizi

or Palaiokastro of Mykonos  
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Castle of Ghizi
On a hill at the northern exit of the village Ano Mera of Mykonos island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Mykonos
• Ano Mera
Elevation ≈ 140 m 
(Relative Height≈50 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

Remnants of a castle on a hill north of the village Ano Mera in Mykonos.

The main castle was atop the hill while there are medieval ruins around it including a small complex of buildings that is in relatively better condition, close to the road leading to the northern part of the island.

Most of the pictures in this page are from this part which was outside the main castle.


After the Fall of Constantinople in 1204, the islands of Tinos and Mykonos were given to the brothers Andrea and Ieremiah Ghizi from Venice. The Ghizi family ruled Mykonos until 1390. Then the island came officially under Ottoman rule governed by a committee of Christians.

The hill was fortified early in the Venetian period.

The castle was deserted in the Ottoman period. From the 14th until the 19th centuries the island was virtually occupied by pirates of various nationalities who using Mykonos as a base raided the rest of the Aegean.


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