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Vasilakio, Evrotas, Laconia,Peloponnese

Castle of Tarapsa

or Castle of Vasilaki or Tower of Zaloumis  
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Castle of Tarapsa
Location:
On a hill south of the village Vasilaki, Laconia, South Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Peloponnese
Laconia
Municipality > Town:
City of Evrotas
• Vasilakio
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 500 m 
(Relative Height≈125 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
15th century  
Post-BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vasilakio is a village at the slopes of mount Taygetos. Its old name was Tarapsa. The castle is on a hill south of the village.

The castle is also called Tower of Zaloumis. Zaloumis was a pirate from Mani in the 15th century and his real name was Asimakos. After the fall of Constantinople, his son Ioannis Asimakos moved to Tarapsa and built a tower at the location where an older Byzantine fort preexisted.

Apparently, in the next centuries, the castle was the mansion of the Zaloumis family in a concept similar to that of the Mani Towers.


Sources

  • Website tarapsa.gr (obsolete?)
  • Information provided by Mr. Stelios Zaloumis
  • Pictures from Panoramio by the user Burgenfuzzi

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Access
Approach to the monument:
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Entrance:
Like most remote, ruined and neglected fortifications, entrance is not an issue. The difficult part is to approach the castle and walk around inside.


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