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Mistros, Dirfys-Messapia, Euboea,Central Greece

Tower of Mistros

  
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Tower of Mistros
Location:
In Mistros, a village at the centre of Euboea island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Greece
Euboea
Municipality > Town:
City of Dirfys-Messapia
• Mistros
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 230 m 
(Relative Height≈15 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
15th cent.  
VENETIAN
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mistros is a village in the central region of the island of Euboea, 31km from Chalkis.

The tower is inside the village, on an elevated plateau east of the church of Agios Athanassios.

It must have been a big tower. The dimensions of its base are ca. 9.5m✖10.5m. The initial height might exceed 20m.

There is no more information about it. Like similar (square and big) towers in Euboea, it must be a Venetian construction. The Venetians prevailed in the island from the end of the 14th century and for almost a century. The tower of Mistros must have been built early in the 15th century, a period in which the Venetians finalized the design of this type of towers.

During the Greek Civil War, in 1948, army engineers started to demolish the tower in order to build barracks but they were stopped by the villagers. Unfortunately, they had already done some serious damage.


Sources

  • Theodoros Skouras, «Οχυρώσεις στην Εύβοια (Μερικές λύσεις στα τοπογραφικά τους προβλήματα)»- pag.367 ΑΕΜ – volume Κ’ – 1975
  • Alex Kalantzis , website Κάστρα της Ελλάδας

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