Agia Marina, Leros, Dodecanese,South Aegean
Castle of Leros
|Agia Marina, Leros island|
|Region > Prefecture:|
|South Aegean |
|Municipality > Town:|
|City of Leros |
• Agia Marina
|Elevation ≈ 600 m |
|Time of Construction||Origin|
The castle of Leros, also called the castle of Panteliou or castle of Panagia (Lady Mary), was built in the 11th century by the Byzantines. It dominates on the northeastern part of the island of Leros.
In 1087, the castle was given by the emperor Alexios I Komnenos to osios Christodoulos, the same monk who founded the Monastery of Patmos. It seems that the castle was already in bad condition then.
In the 13th century Leros was captured by the Genoans and later by the Venetians.
In 1309, the Knights of Saint John arrived and during their occupation, some serious reinforcement and restoration work was done in the castle.
The Ottomans tried to take the castle in 1505 and 1508 without success. Finally, they got the island in 1522, after the Siege of Rhodes and the subsequent departure of the knights from Dodecanese.
During the Italian occupation (1912-1945) the castle was used as a military base and some constructions of cement were added to the castle.
- Website ΟΔΥΣΣΕΥΣ - Greek Ministrty of Culture - Κάστρο Παντελίου (Greek only)
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|You can go to the castle using the stairs from Platanos or by car taking the road froma Panteli.|
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