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Loganikos, Sparta, Laconia,Peloponnese

Paleologean Castle of Loganikos

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Paleologean Castle of Loganikos
Loganikos, Laconia, central Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Sparta
• Loganikos
Elevation ≈ 940 m 
(Relative Height≈320 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
End of 13th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

A castle in high altitude (940m) in a strategic location. It controlled the upper valley of Evrotas from a place where the mountains Taygetos and Parnon converge. It was a point of defense since the time of ancient Sparta.

The castle was built by the Byzantines of the Despotate of Mystras before the end of the 13th century or perhaps in the beginning of the 14th century. Maybe, initially, it was a Frankish castle which soon passed under the control of the Byzantines who took the area after the battle of Pelagonia (1259).

After the Ottoman invasion (1460), the castle is reported as a Venetian possession until the end of the first Venetian-Turkish war in 1479.

The castle is built on a steep hill with 3 zones of fortification. It seems that it was never a populated settlement but always a refuge in difficult times. Today only ruins of the walls and of some towers remain.


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Road map to Paleologean Castle of Loganikos

Approach to the monument:
Free access. A hike of around 1 hour from Loganikos is neede to reach the castle.

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