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Dion-Olympus, Pieria,Central Macedonia

Platamon Castle

  

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The Platamon Castle (Greek: το κάστρο του Πλαταμώνα) is a castle of the middle Byzantine period (10th century AD) and is located southeast of Mount Olympus.


Location & Strategic Scope

The castle is located in a strategic positon, at the exit of the Tempi valey and it controls the route from Macedonia to Thessaly and to Southern Greece.


History

The castle is at the location of the ancient city of Heraclia. The name "Platamon" appears for the first time in an imperial order of 1198 but, most probably, there was already a Byzantine castle there, since the 10th century.

After the fall of Constantinople during the 4th Crusade in 1204, Platamon came under the jurisdiction of Boniface of Montferrat, king of Thessaloniki who gave it to the Lombard knight Rolando Piska. He is the one who rebuilt the castle on top of the old ruined construction.

The castle soon became Byzantine again. In 1218, it was captured by the despot of Epirus Theodoros Aggelos and after the battle of Pelagonia (1259), by Michail Paleologos of Nikea who later became the Byzantine emperor.

The Turks captured the castle in 1385 and paid much attention to its maintenance because they needed the castle to control the strategically important area. After a short break between 1425 and 1427, when the Venetians managed to conquer the castle, the Turks returned and stayed until the beginning of the 20th century.

During World War II, in April 1941, a unit of New Zealanders tried to defend Platamon but forced to leave after the bombardment of the castle by the Germans


Sources

  • Article of Wikipedia - Κάστρο του Πλαταμώνα
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/53523167@N05/5071204151/sizes/l/in/set-72157624862866672/ (Aggelos Oikonomou)
  • Goodle 3d Warehouse, "Κάστρο Πλαταμώνα", http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=6c5f27a747ed129782d22dded412ceb7&prevstart=0

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Location:
Platamon, 490th km Nat.Road Athens-Thessaloniki
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Macedonia
Pieria
Municipality > Town:
City of Dion-Olympus
• Platamon
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 130 m 
(Relative Height≈30 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
10th century  
BYZANTINE
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Hilltop Castle  
Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Road map to Platamon Castle

Access
Approach to the Castle:
The castle is on the National Road. There is a parking lot around 100m from the main gate
Entrance to the Castle:
Open to public from 8.30 am to 7 pm.
Ticket:2€


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