Castles of Greece


Lardos, Rhodes, Dodecanese,South Aegean

Castle of Lardos

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Castle of Lardos
Lardos, near Lindos, Rhodes island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Rhodes
• Lardos
Elevation ≈ 42 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
12th century  
Castle Type   Condition
In Ruins

This castle was built sometime in the 12th century, during the Byzantine era.

When the Knights of the Order of St. John invaded the island in 1309, one of their immediate priorities was to locate ideal sites on which they could erect forts so that they could be used as lookout posts over the sea, but also to protect the soldiers from the enemy. When they came to Lardos, they discovered an entire fort from the Byzantine Era, which was in excellent condition. Very little restoration work was needed to be done to this stronghold, so for the new conquerors it was simply a matter of moving in.

The castle was then granted to the Genovese Admiral, Vinioli, by the Grand Master in the same year of their arrival, as reward for his part in the successful invasion of Rhodes. And that was not all that he was given – his reward “package” included the entire settlement of Lardos.

Today, the ruins of this once glorious Byzantine stronghold lie in very peaceful surroundings, in an area of 1030 m2, in a remote location, some 500m from the residential part of Lardos. There is a main gate and two square tower one of which is completely destroyed. Also in the area of the castle, among the ruins of other smaller defenses, archaeologists had found remains of some of the mansions from the same era.


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