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Steni, Dirfys-Messapia, Euboea,Central Greece

Palaiopyrgos of Steni

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Palaiopyrgos of Steni
In an olive groove between the villages Kathenoi, Vounoi and Loutsa in Euboea island
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Greece
Municipality > Town:
City of Dirfys-Messapia
• Steni
Elevation ≈ 231 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
14th or 15th cent.  
Castle Type   Condition
In Ruins

Remains of a medieval tower in the region between the villages Kathenoi, Vounoi and Loutsa, in a field with olive trees. Despite its name, its closer to the above villages than the village of Steni.


More details about the history of this tower are not available. Most probably, it was part of the network of towers built by the Venetians in Euboea island in the 14th and the 15th century. It was inter-visible with the neighboring towers of Vounoi and of Triada.

Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The tower is in bad condition. Only its northern side is preserved to the descent height of ca. 6m. The other sides lie as piles of rubble not exceeding 1.5m.

Its layout is rectangular and being similar with the other towers of the island, it must have been a 3-storey building crowned by crenelation.

The particular feature of this tower was the arch-shaped ceiling of the first floor, as we can tell from the surviving end of the arch (see photos).

Dimensions: 7.5✖5 m. Maximum preserved height: 6m (north side).


  • The tower was spotted, photographed and described by Mr. Ioannis Dedes (October 2016)
  • Theoodoros Skouras, «Οχυρώσεις στην Εύβοια (Μερικές λύσεις στα τοπογραφικά τους προβλήματα)»- ΑΕΜ – p.379, volume Κ’ – 1975

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Road map to Palaiopyrgos of Steni

Approach to the monument:
Take the upcountry road Artaki-Kymi towards Kymi. On the crossroad Loutsa-Steni, turn towards Steni. After 300m, turn right into the dirt-road and after 450-500m find the tower surrounded by olive trees
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