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Litharitsia Bastion

  
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Litharitsia Bastion
Location:
Center of the city of Ioannina (Janina), Epirus
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Epirus
Ioannina
Municipality > Town:
City of Ioannina
• Ioannina
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 475 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1800  
OTTOMAN
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Tower House  
Relatively Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Litahritsia fortress is on a rocky hill at the center of the city of Ioannina. It had an important role in the defene of the city being a powerful bastion of the main castle.


History

The bastion was built by Ali pasha around 1800 in the place of an older castle from the time of the Norman Bohemund.

In 1805, Ali-pasha built a palace at the top of the hill, above the bastion. Later he built two more palaces for his sons Veli and Muchtar.

The palaces and part of the bastion were destroyed by fire in 1820 when the Ottoman army had besieged the city in response to Ali’s rebellion against the sultan.


Current Condition

Today the palaces have been restored (almost rebuilt) and the complex looks in good condition. But from the bastion itself only the base remains and part of the walls.


Sources

  • Sotirios Haralambous, Προμαχώνας Λιθαρίτσια, Μνημεία των Ιωαννίνων, σ. 109-110

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