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Leonidio, South Kynouria, Arcadia,Peloponnese

Palaiokastro of leonidio

or Castle of Agios Athanassios  
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Palaiokastro of leonidio
Location:
On the hill overlooking the port Plaka, near Leonidio, in Arcadia, Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Arcadia
Municipality > Town:
City of South Kynouria
• Leonidio
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 455 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
13th to 15th cent.  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On the rocky hill Agios Athanassios overlooking the small port of Plaka near Leonidio there are the ruins of a castle.

The castle is not in good condition and difficult to spot from a distance.
It was the acropolis of an ancient city where later, between the 13th and 15th century, a medieval settlement was developed .


Sources

  • Pictures from the website ExporingGreece.gr - Palaiokastro Leonidio Hill
  • Μπάλλας Α., «Κάστρα της Κυνουρίας. Επισκόπηση των μεσαιωνικών κάστρων της Τσακωνιάς», Πελοποννησιακά ΚΣΤ΄ (2001-2002), 193-227
  • Σαραντάκης Π., Αρκαδία: Οι Ακροπόλεις – Τα Κάστρα & Οι πύργοι της σιωπηλά ερείπια μιας δοξασμένης γης, Αθήνα 2006, 146-147
  • Πέππας Ι., Μεσαιωνικές σελίδες της Αργολίδας, Αρκαδίας, Κορινθίας, Αττικής, Αθήνα 1990, 175

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Road map to Palaiokastro of leonidio

Access
Approach to the monument:
At about 3-4km on the Tsitalia road from Plaka, we see the signpost to Palaiokastro. The path that starts from the road is quite demanding (40mins) and leads us to the summit of the hill and the ruins of the castle.
Entrance:
Free access


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