Castles of Greece


Vounaria, Pylos - Nestor, Messenia,Peloponnese

Kastraki of Vounaria

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Kastraki of Vounaria
On the hill “Goulas” north of the village Vounaria in Messinia, 9km north of Koroni
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Municipality > Town:
City of Pylos - Nestor
• Vounaria
Elevation ≈ 90 m 
(Relative Height≈50 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
early 15th cent.  
Castle Type   Condition
In Ruins

Remains of a small venetian fort on the hill “Goulas” above the village Vounaria north of Koroni.


It was obviously part of the defensive system of the important-fortress city of Koroni. Also, it controlled part of the inland road from Navarino to Koroni.

The village Vounaria was destroyed in a Turkish raid of 1401 and after that the Venetians built this small castle. So, it was built early in the 15th century during the first Venetian period of Peloponnese.

However, the castle is not mentioned in the lists of Venetian castles of the late 15th century. Maybe it was too small or maybe this is the Vunargo mentioned in the list of 1463 (instead the modern village of Vunargo in Elis, where there are no traces of a castle).

The village was mentioned in Venetian documents before 1430 as Vounario or Vounaria or Avounaria. It is also recorded in a detailed Venetian census of the second Venetian period (Alberghetti, BREVE DESCRITTIONE DEL REGNO DI MOREA, 1702 [;]) as Vunaria.


  • Antoine Bon, 1969, La Morée franque. Recherches historiques, topographiques et archéologiques sur la principauté d'Achaïe (1205-1430), Editions de Boccard, pp.274,429,436
  • Pictures from Panoramio, user thanasislaliotis

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