Agios Georgios Castle

Kefalonia, Greece

The Venetian Castle of Saint George in Kefalonia is located 7 km southeast of Argostoli, above the village Peratata. It has a polygonal shape and covers an area of 16,000 sq. m. This castle was originally built in the 12th century by the Byzantines but it was mostly the Venetians who gave it its present form. In fact, its external walls were built in 1504 by the Venetians.

The castle is ruined today and only a few buildings survive. It was not only the time and wars that caused its damages. This castle also suffered a lot from the earthquake that hit Kefalonia in 1956. At the time of its glory, inside the Castle, there were residences, public buildings, storehouses with food and guns, churches, hospitals, prisons, cisterns of water and generally an organized town. In fact, this Castle was the capital of Kefalonia before Argostoli was made the new capital in 1757. Close to a small square in the castle, you will also see the ruins of the Catholic Church of Saint Nicholas.

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Peratata, Kefalonia, Greece
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Anthony Brookes (6 months ago)
A very interesting Castle. Good parking facilities and a really beautiful view from lots of vantage points. There are restaurants and cafes there also. Pay on entry but it's very reasonable.
R Keith Sokulski (Sok) (6 months ago)
Perched at the top of a prominent hill with 360 degree views you can see why it was built where it was. I am always amazed at man's achievements and building skill when looking at old monuments like this. There's a nice view down to Argostoli. We drove up the winding road and parked in the village and then walked the short distance past the restaurants and gift shops to the Castle entrance. I enjoy looking at the architecture and can see the similarities between the castles in Corfu and here. A nice castle to explore and as in many others, a shame that parts of the castle are inaccessible to the public. The free guide at the ticket office showed the main periods of construction. 3 Euro fee to enter, which is excellent value for money.
Marek Lew (9 months ago)
Outstanding castle to visit. Only €3 per person, but the ticket office closes at 12.... however, the gates are left open, so it's free entry. If you time it right, we didn't. Anyhow, there is a lot to see with most of the areas accessible. Some signage would have helped, but a bit of imagination is all you need. Shame the earthquake of 70 years ago brought down a lot ( so I read on Google) as it would have been even more magnificent. We parked in the village and it was just a short walk up. Highly recommended ?
Huw Wickham (9 months ago)
Easy to get to can drive 95% of the way, excellent views across the island, makes you want to explore the underground sections. €3 per person to go around the castle I would say is extremely cheap considering how much the UK charge for a visit to some of their landmarks.
Vera (10 months ago)
A nice place to take a walk. We went there at about 10 am, on a warm but cloudy day (sunday). We were finished right before a large group of tourists came, so timing is definitely essential. Overall, the panoramic view was really good and a fitting place to take pictures of the entire island. Other than that, it was not incredibly special, but still a fun visit. I would say however that it's definitely more ruins than it's a castle (as we had expected, but still good to know).
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