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Xironomi, Thebes, Boeotia,Central Greece

Tower of Tatiza

  
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Tower of Tatiza
Location:
In the fields between the villages Xironomi and Neochori in Boeotia, around 180m from the road
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Greece
Boeotia
Municipality > Town:
City of Thebes
• Xironomi
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 275 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th or 14th cent.  
FRANKISH
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Castle Type   Condition
Tower  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Remains of a Frankish tower on a low hill between the villages Xironomi and Neochori in Boeotia.

The tower has been included in the lists of the towers of Boeotia by researchers of the 20th century (Lock, 1986) but its location had been forgotten, while there were no pictures of it.


History

The tower of Tatiza is one of the numerous isolated towers of Boeotia. It is believed that these towers were Frankish, built in the 13th or the 14th century. Their purpose is not clear as they do not appear to be part of a central defensive system. Most probably they were watchtowers or mansions of local landlords.

This tower was at the edge of a settlement named “Tatiza”. The settlement was abandoned in the 18th century and the inhabitants moved to the nearby Xironomi. The reason was an epidemic that was killing the children and the livestock of the village.


Structure, Fortification & Buildings

The dimensions of the tower were 8.00✖7.20 meters. The thickness of the wall was 1.65m.

The northern wall is preserved at a height of 2.05m and the western 1.62m. The other sides are even more damaged and they barely reach 45cm height at some points.

No opening is visible in the remains. In this type of towers, the entrance was usually at the second floor.


Sources

  • Research and photographs by Mr. Ioannis Dedes
  • Peter Lock, “The Frankish Towers of Central Greece”, The Annual of the British School at Athens, Vol. 81 (1986), pp. 120-121 (No 20)
  • Φίλιππος Σταθουλόπουλος, «Η αρχιτεκτονική των Μεμονωμένων Πύργων της Βοιωτίας» (μεταπτυχιακή εργασία), Εθν. Καποδιστριακό Πανεπιστήμιο, Αθήνα 2014

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