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Kalymnos, Kalymnos, Dodecanese,South Aegean

Castle of Chora of Kalymnos

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Castle of Chora of Kalymnos
Location:
Chora of Kalymnos island, Dodecanese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Dodecanese
Municipality > Town:
City of Kalymnos
• Kalymnos
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 195 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
10th century  
BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Island Citadel  
Not Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.


History

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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Road map to Castle of Chora of Kalymnos

Access
Approach to the monument:
Access from Pothia where a stairway with 230 steps starts.
Entrance:
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