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Mithymna (Molyvos), Lesbos, North Aegean

Castle of Mithymna

or Castle of Molyvos  
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Castle of Mithymna
Location:
Mithymna (Molyvos), Lesbos
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Lesbos
Municipality > Town:
City of Lesbos
• Mithymna (Molyvos)
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 90 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century  
GENOAN
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Relatively Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The second in importance castle of Lesbos island is in Mithymna (or Molyvos). Its current form is the result of work done by the Genoans in the 14th century with some additions by the Ottomans later.


History

On the hill, there was an ancient acropolis since the 5th century BC. The Byzantines built a fortress in the place of the Acropolis, probably in the 6th century AD.

In 1373 the Genoan Francis I ordered the reconstruction of the castle.

The castle was destroyed when the Genoans took it in the 13th century.

In 1373 the Genoans reconstructed the castle. The Ottomans, who occupied the island in 1462, made their own repairs and modifications in the following centuries.


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Road map to Castle of Mithymna

Access
Approach to the monument:
Access from Molyvos, Lesvos island.
Entrance:
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 8.00-20.00, Monday 13:00-20:00.
Ticket 2€


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