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Antissa, Lesbos, North Aegean

Ovriokastro

or Castle of Agii Theodori  
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Ovriokastro
Location:
On a small peninsula of the NW coast of Lesbos island, north of Antissa
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Lesbos
Municipality > Town:
City of Lesbos
• Antissa
Altitude:
Zero Altitude
Time of Construction   Origin
Antiquity  
ANCIENT
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Castle Type   Condition
Fortress-state  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Scattered ruins of a castle on a small peninsula of the northwestern coast of Lesvos island. The ancient city Antissa was located here and later a byzantine fortress-state named “Agii Theodori”. Later the Genoan rulers rebuilt the castle which became known as Ovriokastro (“Jews’ castle”) and flourished until the Ottoman conquest in 1462.

Some time later, for unknown reasons, this once great city was completely destroyed. It was last mentioned, as a place, in an Ottoman document of 1602.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The layout of the castle was a pentagon covering an area of 35,114 sq.m. The perimeter is 626m.
Its lenght is 181 meters and its maximum width -in the middle- 191 metres.


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