Castles of Greece


Kato Tarsos, Sikyona, Corinthia,Peloponnese

Castle of Tarsos

or Sfyron Castle or Castle of the Hammers  
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Castle of Tarsos
On top of a rock formation near Kato Tarsos, Corinth area in Peloponnese
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Sikyona
• Kato Tarsos
Elevation ≈ 1210 m 
(Relative Height≈120 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century (?)  
Castle Type   Condition
Piles of stones & Ruins  
Few Remains

A castle in Corinth area in a position with an excellent natural defensive advantage. Almost nothing remains of the castle today.


The Castle was in a location with an unusual landscape with high rocks, the “Meteora of Corinth”.

The town flourished in the early 15th century when it belonged to the Despotate of Morea.

In 1458, Tarsos was besieged by an Ottoman army under the command of the Sultan Mohamed II the Conqueror himself. After a long siege, the Byzantine guard finally agreed to surrender. Nevertheless, the Ottomans destroyed completely the town and the castle. The defenders were not killed but the Ottomans gathered them outside the castle and crashed their ankles with hammers.

In memoriam of this barbarism, the Turks called the rock Tokmak Hisar (castle of the hammer) which in Greek was translated in “Kastro ton Sfyron”.

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Approach to the monument:
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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