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Kechries, Corinth, Corinthia,Peloponnese

Bourtzi of Kechrees

  
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Bourtzi of Kechrees
Location:
At the northern jetty of the ancient port of Kechrees in Corinth area, at the northeastern coast of Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Corinthia
Municipality > Town:
City of Corinth
• Kechries
Altitude:
Zero Altitude
Time of Construction   Origin
6th cent. A.D.  
Early ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΕ
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
Not Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A byzantine tower at the edge of the northern sea wall of the ancient port of Kechrees. It is named “bourtzi” which was the medieval term for small forts defending harbors.


History

Kechrees was an ancient city and its port was one of the two ports serving Corinth (the other, at the western side was Lechaion). The port was expanded in the Roman period. The tower was added in the last phase of its reconstruction, in the 6th century AD.

The tower may have been a lighthouse but it must have been also a watchtower and part of the defense system of the port.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The tower is a rectangular building measuring 6.5✖7.5m. It is preserved at a height of 3.5m.

Its construction is similar to the neighboring Justinian wall and the early-Byzantine fortification of Ancient Corinth.


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