Castles of Greece


Kalymnos, Kalymnos, Dodecanese,South Aegean

Castle of Chora of Kalymnos

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Castle of Chora of Kalymnos
Chora of Kalymnos island, Dodecanese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Kalymnos
• Kalymnos
Elevation ≈ 195 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
10th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Island Citadel  
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The Castle of Chora or Great Castle or Paleochora is one of the most famous attractions in Kalymnos. It is situated in the place where ancient Pothia once resided and it is considered as the medieval capital of Kalymnos. The castle takes its final form in 1495 and it is inhabited continuously until 1812.


The castle was initially built by the Byzantines in the 10th century. Later, the knights of St. John in the late 15th century gave to the castle its final form.

Gradually, from the mid-18th century, the risks that primarily led the people into the castle (eg pirates) start to disappear, and as a consequence the population build new houses outside the castle, in Chora.


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