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Palaikastro, Sitia, Lasithi,Crete

Palaikastro of Sitia

  
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Palaikastro of Sitia
Location:
At the easternmost coast of Crete, on a rock between the beaches of Chiona and Kouremenos near Palaikastro
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Crete
Lasithi
Municipality > Town:
City of Sitia
• Palaikastro
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 52 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
13th century, probably  
BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Piles of stones & Ruins  
Few Remains
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

East of Palaiokastro at the easternmost coast of Crete, in the region of Sitia, rises the steep hill “Kastri”, which separates the beaches of Kouremenos and Chiona. The castle was called Paleo Castro (Old Castle) by the Venetians. Its name was “Rizokastro” before.

Here, the Venetians built a fortress, probably on the ruins of a preexisting Minoan fort and certainly on an existing Byzantine castle.The fort was abandoned early, before the conquest of Crete by the Ottomans in the 17th century. In 1668, the Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi reported that it was already ruined. Today almost nothing remains of the fort.


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