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Palaiopyrgos, Trikala, Thessaly

Tower of Agios Achilios

  
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Tower of Agios Achilios
Location:
On a hill above the village Palaiopyrgos of Trikala at the chapel of Agios Achilios.
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Thessaly
Trikala
Municipality > Town:
City of Trikala
• Palaiopyrgos
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 110 m 
(Relative Height≈40 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1366 or a little later  
Late-BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
Not Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A tower above the village Palaiopyrgos of Trikala. It is covered by a (modern) tiled roof and this is the reason that the monument does not give the impression of a medieval tower. It is surrounded by other constructions: a chapel (Agios Achilios), a gate and a wall. The complex looks like a monastery but it was not.

The research of the site has revealed that the tower was the oldest building. The other constructions were added later in different periods.

It was built shortly after 1366, the year that the permit was granted by the Serb ruler of the region of that period.

The height of the tower today is 4 meters. Its layout is a rectangular 6.60x8.50m. The thickness of the walls is about 1.6m.


Sources

  • «Paleopyrgos of Trikala», Pascal Androudis, Πρακτικά Β‘ Συνεδρίου Τρικαλινών Σπουδών,November 1990.
  • Alex Kalantzis , website Κάστρα της Ελλάδας



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