Castles of Greece


Vatopedion Monastery, Athos

Kolitsou Tower

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Kolitsou  Tower
Dependency of Vatopedion Monastery, Athos Mountain
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Mount Athos
Municipality > Town:

• Vatopedion Monastery
Elevation ≈ 210 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

The tower of Kolitsou was initially built in the 12th or the 13th century as part of the old monastery of Kaletzi. The monastery was founded by members of the noble family of Kaletzi from Mani.

In the 14th century, the tower was reconstructed and granted to the Vatopedi Monastery. This, most probably, happened in 1341 and was a decision of the Byzantine emperor Ioannis VI Kantakouzenos who had visited Vatopedi that year.

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Approach to the monument:
You can enter Mount Athos only by boat from Ouranoupolis, Nea Roda or Ierissos (one depart per day) to Daphne. From there, you may visit the monasteries by bus or on foot.
The entrance to the monasteries of "Agio Oros" is free, but you need a special permit to visit mount Athos. Women are not allowed in.

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