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Pirama, Chios, North Aegean

Tower of Pirama

  
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Tower of Pirama
Location:
In the village Pirama, north of Volissos, at northwestern Chios island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
North Aegean
Chios
Municipality > Town:
City of Chios
• Pirama
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 220 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
1515  
GENOAN
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
Average
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pirama is a small village of NW Chios island. It is 4km north of Volissos and 44km from the town of Chios.

At the center of the village there is a so called “Venetian” tower. The Venetians ruled the island for a short period between 1204 and 1235 and it is very unlikely that this was really a Venetian building. Apparently, the “Venetian” was used here as a generic term for a non-Byzantine monument.

The tower is in fact from the Genoan period of the island and was built in 1515 according to a Genoan document recorded by Philip P Argenti (see source).


Sources

  • Philip P Argenti, “The occupation of Chios by the Genoese and their administration of the island, 1346-1566”, Vol I, page 839, Cambridge [England] University Press, 1958

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