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Spitali, Messini, Messenia,Peloponnese

Castle of Spitali

  
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Castle of Spitali
Location:
Spitali, Messinia, SW Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Messenia
Municipality > Town:
City of Messini
• Spitali
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 100 m 
(Relative Height≈20 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th century  
FRANKISH
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Piles of stones & Ruins  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spitali is a small village 17 km west of Kalamata. In the village there are some ruins of medieval buildings and fortifications which are from the period of Frankokratia (Frankish occupation).


History

When the rule of the Princilaity of Achaea began in 1209, Peloponnese was divided in many baronies. Three of them were monastic. One of the monastic baronies was the one of the Order of Saint John who got 4 fiefs, one of them in Spitali.

This was the same monastic order which later, in 1309, conquered Rhodes and prevailed in Dodecanese. In the Peloponnese of the 13th century the knights of the Order were known as Ospitali (from the Fraternitas Hospitalaria in the latin name of the Order ). Obviously, this is how the village got its name.

We can assume (since there is no other information) that the castle of Spitali was built during that period, when it first became a possession of the Ioannites.

The knights stayed in the area until the beginning of the 15th century. In 1417 the entire Peloponnese was captured by the Despotate of Mystras. Then, in 1460, the Ottoman conquest happened. It seems that the castle was not used by the Turks and was abandoned rather soon.


Sources

  • photos and access info by Mr.Georgios Kostopoulos

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Road map to Castle of Spitali

Access
Approach to the monument:
From the square of the village take the uphill road to a double chapel. A little before the chapel, turn right to a dirt road which leads to an olive road and to the castle.
Entrance:
Free access


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