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Kampos, Dytiki Mani, Messenia,Peloponnese

Koumoundouros tower

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Koumoundouros tower
Location:
On a slope between the villages Kampos and Stavropigi in Messinia, Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Messenia
Municipality > Town:
City of Dytiki Mani
• Kampos
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 290 m 
(Relative Height≈10 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1830  
MODERN GREEK
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Tower House  
Not Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A ruined two-storey tower which belonged to the Maniote family of Koumoundouros.

Koumoundouros clan ruled the region since the 1760s. Panayiotis Koumoundouros or Koumoundourakis became bey of Mani between 1798 and 1803. The most prominent member of the family was Alexandros Koumoundouros (1815-1883) who served as Prime Minister of Greece ten times.

The tower was built after 1830. Perhaps it replaced an older building at the same position, but most probably, the seat of the Koumoundouros lords earlier was the nearby castle of Zarnata.

Very close to the tower is the Mycenaean tomb of Machaon who was a doctor who died in the Trojan war and supposedly buried there by Nestor of Pylos.


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