Feraklos Castle

Charaki, Greece

Feraklos Castle is a ruined medieval fortress, located on an 85 m-high hill overlooking the village of Charaki. It was originally built in the Byzantine era and captured by the Knights Hospitaller on 20 September 1306, being their first possession on the island that would become their base. By 1408 it was in ruins, and was repaired under the Grand Masters Giovanni Battista Orsini (1467–76) and Pierre d'Aubusson (1476–1503) as a stronghold to protect the area, and particularly watch over the anchorages at the Charaki and Agia Agathi beaches nearby.

After 1470, the Hospitallers abandoned all other fortifications on the island except for Feraklos, nearby Lindos, and the city of Rhodes, which in turn were further strengthened. A decree of 1474 prescribed that the Feraklos Castle was the place of refuge by the inhabitants of the villages of Malona, Salia, Katagros, Zinodotou, and Kaminari when there was danger.

The fort was captured by the Ottoman Empire in 1523 after a long siege, a few months after the capture of Rhodes. The Ottomans did not use the castle and it has since been abandoned.

The fortress has an irregular polygonal layout, with a wall perimeter of 680 m encompassing an area of 1,700 square meters. The northern and western portions date to Byzantine times, but the rest are additions or modifications by the Hospitallers. A single gate and two cylindrical towers survive in the southern portion of the walls, along with a cistern in the interior.



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Charaki, Greece
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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Christian Link (4 months ago)
Great Views, for free, need proper shoes
griff chamberlain (14 months ago)
The size of a small village, this expansive castle, although in ruins, is well worth visiting and will fire the furtive mind with questions as to its history
Eli Eli (15 months ago)
Beautiful view from the top. And I love old castle ruins. Also, very quiet. Not a well known point of interest I guess. Free entrance and a good climb up.
Fotograf a kameraman Tomáš Michna (16 months ago)
Nice ruin with good views. Easy walk
May Sayay (17 months ago)
Cool ruins with nice views and goats everywhere, but not taken cared of at all, meaning it can be dangerous and hard to reach. Explore at your own account.
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