Castles of Greece


Sianna, Rhodes, Dodecanese,South Aegean

Castle of Sianna

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Castle of Sianna
Sianna, Rhodes island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
South Aegean
Municipality > Town:
City of Rhodes
• Sianna
Elevation ≈ 544 m 
Time of Construction   Origin
probably 14th century  
Castle Type   Condition
In Ruins

A castle atop a 544m hill above the village Sianna in inland Rhodes.

It was an irregular enclosure with a perimeter of 175 meters, covering an area of 2,100 square meters. At the top there are the remnants of a tower or fortified house; the north side of the walls is the best preserved, with wallwalk and crenellations. The entrance must have been in the middle of the north side.

There are ruins of a square tower on the NE corner and on the NW corner the foundations of a round one. Remnants of the south and east sides of the enclosure also survive. Within the walls stands a chapel dedicated to St. John.

The Knights Hospitaller used Sianna as an administrative base for the control of the area spreading from Kritinia to Apolakkia; it formed a link in the communications of the south of Rhodes with the interior towards Monolithos, Apolakkia, Laerma and Istrios. The first mention of the castle in the written sources dates from 1473 and is connected to its probable abandonment.

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