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Kourounios, Megalopoli, Arcadia,Peloponnese

Castle of Agios Georgios of Scorta

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Castle of Agios Georgios of Scorta
Location:
On a rocky hill south-west of the village Kourounios, in Arcadia, Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Arcadia
Municipality > Town:
City of Megalopoli
• Kourounios
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 970 m 
(Relative Height≈200 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1290  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A ruined Frankish castle on a rock at the center of the mountainous west part of Arcadia, which was called Scorta by the Franks who occupied the region in the 13th and 14th century.


History

It was built around 1290 by the ruler of the Principality of Achaea, Florent de Hainaut .

In 1296 the castle was captured by the Greeks of the Despotate of Mystras. The Prince of the Principality of Achaea Florent de Hainaut died the same year, during his campaign to recapture the castle.

The Aragonese version of the Chronicle of Morea reports that in 1320 the leader of the Teutonic Knights was killed there in a skirmish with the Greeks.

The Byzantines recaptured the castle in 1320. It was taken without fight by the Ottomans in 1460 and it was destroyed.


Sources

  • Website ΜΟΡΕΑ ΠΡΟΝΟΙΑ - Οι Δρο(ύ)γγοι του Μορέα (Greek only)
  • Antoine Bon, 1969, La Morée franque. Recherches historiques, topographiques et archéologiques sur la principauté d'Achaïe (1205-1430), Editions de Boccard, Paris, 1969, pag.377-382,513
  • Ουΐλλιαμ Μίλλερ, 1909, Ιστορία της Φραγκοκρατίας εν Ελλάδι (1204-1566), (William Miller, The Latins In The Levant: A History Of Frankish Greece, 1204-1566) μετάφρ. Σπυρ. Π. Λάμπρου, μετά προσθηκών και βελτιώσεων, Εν Αθήναις Ελληνική Εκδοτική Εταιρεία, 1909-1910, σελ.275-277



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Road map to Castle of Agios Georgios of Scorta

Access
Approach to the monument:
From Kourounios take the road to Anditsaina. At the crossroads to Psili Panagia turn left. From the bottom of the hill you have to walk 30 min up to the castle.
Entrance:
Free access


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