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Kyparissia, Trifyllia, Messenia,Peloponnese

Castle of Kyparissia

or Castle of the Giants or of Arcadia  
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Castle of Kyparissia
Location:
Kyparissia, Western Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Messenia
Municipality > Town:
City of Trifyllia
• Kyparissia
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 130 m 
(Relative Height≈130 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1205  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Average
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Castle of Kyparissia is also known as the Castle of Arcadia, which was the medieval name of the town. The Castle of Kyparissia was built by the Franks on the site of a previous Byzantine fortress.


History

The Byzantines had built four walls at the four corners of the castle, but only one is preserved today, which is named "Ioustinianos", after the great Byzantine emperor. The Franks captured the Castle in the 13th century, rebuilt it and kept it under their control for two centuries.

In 1460, the Castle of Kyparissia was conquered by the Turks who held it until the Greek War of Independence in 1820’s. The castle was seriously damaged though during this war.

In 1970, the castle was partly restored. A small open-air theatre was built, which now hosts cultural events in the summer, such as musical concerts, poetry nights and ancient tragedies.


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Approach to the monument:
Easy access from the town of Kyparissia
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