Castles of Greece


Partira, Minoa Pediada, Herakleion,Crete

Castle of Vitsilia

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Castle of Vitsilia
At the deserted village of Vitsilia on a hill north of Partira of Pediada region south of Heracleion in Crete
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Minoa Pediada
• Partira
Elevation ≈ 460 m 
(Relative Height≈40 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
13th century  
Castle Type   Condition
Fortified Settlement  
In Ruins

Ruins of the fortified medieval settlement of Vitsilia.

The fortification of the settlement was formed since the beginning of the Venetian occupation of Crete in the 13th century.

Only parts of the wall of the north side remain from the fortification. Probably, this was the only side protected by a defensive wall. The south and east sides were protected by the rough terrain, while the west side was protected by the walls of the houses.

The village was inhabited until 1971. Afterwards it was deserted.

There were two towers inside the fortification, one of which was the mansion of the local lord.

We have more information than usual for this settlement thanks to a saved contract since1387 signed by the Venetian landowner Dandulo which includes descriptions of the properties in the village.

Lately, five houses and the the Venetian-period church have been restored.


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