Pylos, Pylos - Nestor, Messenia,Peloponnese
|Pylos, Messinia, Peloponnese|
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|Municipality > Town:|
|City of Pylos - Nestor |
|Elevation ≈ 20 m |
|Time of Construction||Origin|
Niocastro is the one which is actually inside the town of Pylos.
In 1821, in the first months of the Greek Revolution, it was captured by the Greek fighters.
In 1825 it was captured by Ibrahim Pasha and remained under his control until 1828 when it was liberated by the French general Maison.
After 1830, it was used as a prison until 1941.
During the Second World War it was used as the headquarters of the Italian and, later, the German forces .
Structure, Fortification & Buildings
The Castle is divided into two main sections:
1) Enceinte-Lower Castle; the larger of the two sections occupies the slope of the hill and is built of ashlar limestone blocks.
2) Upper Castle: hexagonal fortress with massive battlements and projecting bastions which protect five of the six corners of the walls.
The most important buildings:
- Church of the Metamorphosis (Transfiguration): Cross-in-square domed church dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ. It was used as a Moslem mosque and was later converted into a Christian church.
- General Maison's building. Rectangular, two-storeyed stone building erected in the 19th century. It has been reconstructed and now houses the Museum and the offices.
- YouTube video by the user haanity titled Η Ναυμαχία του Ναυαρίνου Drone Greece | Navarino
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|Approach to the monument:|
|Easy access from the town of Pylos located 65 km southeast of Kalamata.|
| Open: Tuesday-Friday, 8.30-17.00 and May to September 8.30-19.00, Saturday-Sunday 8.30-15.00.
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