Kastrologos
Castles of Greece

lens

Mavrato, Icaria, Samos,South Aegean

Kapsalino Kastro

  
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 <  639 / 852  > 
Kapsalino Kastro
Location:
On mount Atheras above the village Mavrato at the NE coast of Icaria island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Samos
Municipality > Town:
City of Icaria
• Mavrato
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 810 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
Unknown  
BYZANTINE
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Refuge-Castle  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Castle built on a rock on the ridge of Mount Atheras on the northeastern side of Ikaria island in altitude 810 meters. There is no indication about when it was built or for what purpose or by whom.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The castle is built on top of a rock measuring approximately 70mx30m. Within the castle there are neither remnants of buildings or shells or other surface finds. On the south side, outside but close to the fort, there are several ruined buildings.

It is possible that this was a project that never finished. However, its location and the dimensions of the walls (preserved height up to 3,50m., Thickness up to 1.70m.) show that it was not was just a makeshift construction.

The most probable theory is that this was a castle-refugee built in the second half of the middle byzantine period for the protection of the population. It must have been used only occasionally, during pirate raids.
But this is only a theory, we cannot know for sure.


Sources


Your comments:


Google search inside the site

castle


Road map to Kapsalino Kastro

Access
Approach to the monument:
Entrance:
Free access


Other castles around
Koskinas Castle
Palaiokastro of Icaria