Castles of Greece


Kardamyla, Chios, North Aegean

Castle of Kardamyla

or Vigla of Gria (old lady)  
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Castle of Kardamyla
On a rocky hill above Kardamyla, northern part of Chios island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Chios
• Kardamyla
Elevation ≈ 400 m 
(Relative Height≈300 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
15th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

A medieval fortress, which served as the citadel of Kardamyla a town at norteastern Chios island.

It is accessible via an old hiking trail, which has been signed and renovated. Tradition has it that it owes its name to an old lady ("gria" in Greek) who climbed up from Kardamyla over the steep rocks, in order to save herself from pirates. Still standing in the fortress are two towers connected by a wall.

The eastern tower is semi-circular backed by the wall, and the western tower is round. This whole complex stands on the south side of the flat top of the mountain. There is a sheer drop-off on all the other sides, which obviated the need to construct a defense wall.

According to the tradition, the western tower communicated with the well of Koulalas, lower, through a tunnel, which provided the castle with water.


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