Castles of Greece


Chorio, Chalki, Dodecanese,South Aegean

Castle of Halki

or Knights’ Castle  
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Castle of Halki
Halki island, Dodecanese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Chalki
• Chorio
Elevation ≈ 160 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
15th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

Halki (Greek: Χάλκη; alternatively Chalce or Chalki) is a Greek island and municipality in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea, some 6 km west of Rhodes. With the area of 28 km2, it is the smallest inhabited island of Dodecanese.

The Castle is located on the hill of St. Nicholas over the old village of Halki. It was built by the Knights of St. John in the 15th century over the ancient Hellenistic citadel. From there they were able to control the sea routes, the harbor and the Trachean peninsula. Inside the castle are the ruins of the medieval church of St. Nicholas. At the gate the emblem of the Grand Master of the knights Pierre d’Aubusson (1476-1503) is engraved

The old village along with the castle is the most important archaeological site on the island. The now ruined medieval village is located on St Nicholas Hill in the shadow of the castle. It used to be the main village on the island and has been lived in permanently since the era of the Knights. It was inhabited until the mid 19th century providing shelter from pirates.

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Road map to Castle of Halki

Approach to the monument:
During summer, there is a mini-bus service to the sites of that part of the island. Or you can walk there from Emporeio (45min)
Free entrance

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