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Kamaritsa, Dirfys-Messapia, Euboea,Central Greece

Tower of Kamaritsa

  
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Tower of Kamaritsa
Location:
On a slope 2km south of the village Kamaritsa in Euboea, north of Chalkis
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Greece
Euboea
Municipality > Town:
City of Dirfys-Messapia
• Kamaritsa
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 130 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
Probably 15th century  
VENETIAN
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Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ruins of a large square tower on a wooded slope around 2km south of the village Kamaritsa of Euboea, north of Chalkis.


History

We do not have information about the history of the tower. Probably it was contemporary of the tower of Politika, which is close and seems similar. That means that it was Venetian and constructed in the 15th century. The Venetians occupied the area at the end of the 14th century.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The basis of the tower measures around 9m✖9m. The large basis is an indication of a high height. It must have been one of the highest towers in the island.

Unfortunately it is not saved in full height. The best preserved side is the eastern at almost 6m height. The northern side is around 4m and 2.5mthe western. No opening is observed in the still standing walls. Obviously the entrance was in the upper floors for safety reasons.

The location offers a unique view to the plain of Psahna and the Euboean gulf. The tower was in optical contact with the towers of Politika and of Triada.


Sources

  • Θεόδωρος Σκούρας, «Οχυρώσεις στην Εύβοια (Μερικές λύσεις στα τοπογραφικά τους προβλήματα)»- ΑΕΜ – Τόμος Κ’ – 1975, σελ.63
  • The tower was researched and photographed for KASTROLOGOS by Mr. Ioannis Dedes

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Road map to Tower of Kamaritsa

Access
Approach to the monument:
The tower is 2km south of Kamaritsa. There is a dirt road to that direction but for the last part, some trekking on a moderately difficult terrain is needed.
Entrance:
Free access


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