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Charakas, Archanes-Asterousia, Herakleion,Crete

Castle of Charakas

or Charaki  
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Castle of Charakas
Location:
Charakas, 50km south of Heraklion, Crete
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Crete
Herakleion
Municipality > Town:
City of Archanes-Asterousia
• Charakas
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 310 m 
(Relative Height≈35 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century  
VENETIAN
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Castle Type   Condition
Castle  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charakas is a village in Crete, 45 km south of Herakleion.

During the period of Venice domination the name of village was San Giovanni, but was renamed in Charakas, because og the big rock in the west side of the village, 35 meters high and about 60m in the width. This kind of rocks in Crete are called “Charaki”. On the rockthere is a castle and a church. The rock is accessed only from the north-west and it is a monolithic barrow.

The time of the construction of the fort is not known exacly. It was certainly a Venetian fortification built most probably in the 14th century.


Sources

  • Info and photos from the website Πολιτιστικός σύλλογος Χάρακα - ΆΓΙΟΣ ΠΑΝΤΕΛΕΗΜΩΝ TO XAPAKI (Greek only)
  • Ειδικά Κείμενα της Ειρήνης Θεοχαροπούλου, Δρ Αρχαιολόγου - "Χαράκι" Χάρακα. (Greek only)



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