Castles of Greece


Kypseli, Zakynthos, Ionian islands

Vardiola of Kypseli

or Vardiola of Agios Charalambos or Vardiola of Belousi  
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Vardiola of Kypseli
Near Agios Charalambos church, on the coast north of the village Kypseli in Zakynthos
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Ionian islands
Municipality > Town:
City of Zakynthos
• Kypseli
Elevation ≈ 20 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
around 1768  
Castle Type   Condition
Not Good

A small Venetian watchtower on the beach of the village Kypseli (old name Belousi) in Zakynthos. It is close to a similar watchtower, the Vardiola of Tsilivi.


About Vardiolas in general

The word “vardiola” originates probably from the word guardiola (a common castle term meaning guard or observatory from the Italian word “guarda”). It is used for the various watchtowers that the Venetians built on the coasts of the Ionian islands. There are vardiolas in Kythira, Cephalonia and Zakynthos. Some of them are included in Kastrologos. Probably, there are many more. We do not know (in this site) if the name “Vardiola” is used for watchtowers in other areas outside the Ionian islands.

The Vardiolas of Zakynthos have a very particular design: small dimensions, strong stone walls with a square-pyramid-shaped roof.

Most of the vardiolas in Zakynthos were constructed during the administration of the Venetian Proveditore (Governor) Claudio Gherardini who held this position during the period 1768-1770.


  • Information (and correction on the initial presentation) by Mr. Yiannis Mylonas
  • Picture (and correction on the initial presentation) by Vangelis
  • Μυλωνάς Βασίλειος, Κομίνης Αντώνιος, Δουλδούρης Βασίλειος , «ΒΙΓΛΕΣ ΣΤΟ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΟ ΕΛΛΑΔΙΚΟ ΧΩΡΟ (ΙΟΝΙΟ) , ΒΙΓΛΕΣ-ΒΑΡΔΙΟΛΕΣ ΖΑΚΥΝΘΟΥ», Πτυχιακή εργασία ΤΕΙ Πειραιά, Τμήμα Πολιτικών και Δομικών Έργων, available also online

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