Methoni Castle

Methoni, Greece

Built by the Venetians in the early 13th century on a rocky promontory, the castle of Methoni is among the largest ones in the Mediterranean. You’ll be astonished at the bridge stone of 14 arches which connects the castle to the shore instead of the timber one that used to stand in its place before the Venetians ever got there. The celebrated symbol of Venice, the lion of St Marc, dominates the gate of the castle where immured reliefs, emblems, blazons, inscriptions, the huge gates, especially the main gate, above the moat, and the relics of two Ottoman bathhouses have survived.

At the south edge of the castle a fortified islet floats. Bourtzi, as it is called, a prison and place of executions during the Turkish Occupation, was built in 1500 and is connected to the Sea Gate of the castle with a paved tiny road.



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Methoni, Greece
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece


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Antonio “Yankee” Cugliari (2 months ago)
Excellent location, unfortunately it closes too early 15.00 so we couldn't visit the inside part
Shahieda Salie (3 months ago)
This was zoom in/out?. We had just45min. But could see quite a lot. It has beautiful views from all sides.
Jeff Schmidt (5 months ago)
This was a great place we stopped to visit. A lot of walking but we saw quite a bit of old ruins plus lots of beautiful views of the water and nearby islands.
G Mac (7 months ago)
What an extraordinary place. The seaside fortifications and the bridge to the castle are quite well preserved. The area is large with lots of structures to explore. The Castle on the water is superb. This is a must see destination if you are in the area.
Benjamin El'Abied (8 months ago)
Out of many places we have visited this place goes on top of my list. Best snorkeling experience we had on this trip. The water is very clear. We went away from the beach itself which was not impressed at all. Fig trees and restaurants are around you. Didn't get the chance to get inside the Castle. I didn't feel it was worth it.
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