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Pavlokastro, Patra, Achaea,West Greece

Pavlokastro

  
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Pavlokastro
Location:
On a hill NE of the village Pavlokastro of Achaea, NW Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
West Greece
Achaea
Municipality > Town:
City of Patra
• Pavlokastro
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 130 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century (?)  
Unknown
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Castle Type   Condition
Piles of stones & Ruins  
Few Remains
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An almost invisible castle. Only a few parts are saved above the ground, such as some of the wall foundations. Also some underground watertanks and tunnels. All these are visible from the top of the hill only.

It is not known when exactly it was constructed. It is, rather Frankish. The first record of the castle is from a 1408 document, listing all the buildings belonging to the Latin archbishop of Patra.


The Name of the Castle

The origin of the name of the castle is not known either. "Pavlokastro" means the castle of Pavlos (Paul). Most probably it took its name from the Catholic archbishop of Patra Pavlos Foskaris (1375-1395) who was for a period the 'Vailos' (the Hand!) of the Principality of Achaea.


Sources

  • Photos and info by Tony Esopi, from WIKIPEDIA COMMONS Pavlokastro_castle.jpg
  • Info and photo by Haris Makrykostas



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Access
Approach to the monument:
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Entrance:
Like most ruined and neglected fortifications, entrance is not an issue. The difficult part is to approach the castle and walk around inside.


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