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Nea Zichni, Nea Zichni, Serres,Central Macedonia

Castle of Zichna

  
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Castle of Zichna
Location:
On a hill 6km NW of Nea Zichni, Serres, Central Macedonia
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Central Macedonia
Serres
Municipality > Town:
City of Nea Zichni
• Nea Zichni
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 240 m 
(Relative Height≈50 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
14th century  
Late-BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Fortress-state  
Rather Poor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The ruins of the Byzantine castle of Zichna are located 6 kilometers to the northwest of the modern town of Nea Zichni. Five sections of the fort, two gates and one tower are preserved today, as well as one Byzantine church, one cistern and two (?) Ottoman baths. In addition, three ruined houses, one bridge and the post-Byzantine church of Hagios loannis Prodromos is what remains from the adjacent village, which had been inhabited until the 1960s.

Zichna is mentioned for the first time by the twelfth-century Arab geographer Idrisi, while its castle, probably built in the fourteenth century during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Andronikos III, was captured by the Ottomans in 1375 AD.


Sources

  • Kostas Ketanis, Archeologist, " An itinerary in the Byzantine castle of Zichna", Archeology & Arts, issue 88, pages. 44-51, Athens 2003

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