Stavri, Anatoliki Mani, Laconia,Peloponnese
|Tigani Cape, Mezapos, Mani, Peloponnese|
|Region > Prefecture:|
|Municipality > Town:|
|City of Anatoliki Mani |
|Elevation ≈ 30 m |
|Time of Construction||Origin|
The castle is on a rocky peninsula at the sheltered bay of Mezapos north from the Cape Cavo Grosso of Mani. Actually this is more a ruined byzantine town than a real castle. The peninsula sticks out like a frying pan (from whence it gets its name).
The settlement was fortified probably in the 6th century but abandoned in the 7th century.
There are signs of houses, cisterns and churches though little above the foundation level remains apart from some of the walls surmounting the cliffs. The impressiveness of the site has lead some observers to claim it as Grande Magne. But the remains are, if anything, a site of late antiquity or early Byzantine. The format of the churches, for example, is basilical - a style seldom after the 700s. The position, whereas relatively easy to defend, cannot dominate the surrounding deep Mani peninsular.
- Website Σφεντόνα - ΤΟ ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΝΟ ΚΑΣΤΡΟ ΤΗΣ ΜΑΪΝΗΣ (Greek only)
- John Chapman, website Mani: A guide and history - grand magne
|Google search inside the site|
|Approach to the monument:|
|To visit the castle from land you need to go to the village Stavri in Mani. From there, it is a difficult hike to the rocky peninsula. Alternatively, you can approach by boat but the rocks of the shore are not easy to climb.|
|Like most remote, ruined and neglected fortifications, entrance is not an issue. The difficult part is to approach the castle and walk around inside.|