Castles of Greece


Kalonisi, Zakynthos, Ionian islands

Peluso tower

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Peluso tower
On the north coast of the islet Kalonisi at the bay of Laganas in southeastern Zakynthos
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Ionian islands
Municipality > Town:
City of Zakynthos
• Kalonisi
Zero Altitude
Time of Construction   Origin
early 18th cent.  
Castle Type   Condition
Rather Poor

A coastal tower from the late Venetian period on the deserted island Peluso in southeastern Zakynthos.


During the Venetian period, the deserted island Peluso (modern Greek name: Kalonisi) was given to the Catholic monk Angelos Salviatis who in 1705 built there the monastery of Evangelistria and the church of Theotokos.

The monastery was severely damaged in the World War II when it was bombarded by the Germans. It was destroyed completely in the earthquake of 1953.

The purpose of the tower must have been the protection of the port (or the only accessible coast) of the monastery. It is reasonable to assume that it was built in the same period with the monastery, i.e. in the beginning of the 18th century.


  • Presented in cooperation with Mr. Ioannis Dedes
  • Pictures from Panoramio, user Markus Gürth

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