Kyparissia Castle

Kyparissia, Greece

According to researchers, the Castle of Kyparissia was built by Frankish people on the site of a previous Byzantine fortress.

The Byzantines had built four bulwarks at the four corners of the castle, but only one is preserved today, which is named Ioustinianos, after the great Byzantine emperor. The Franks attacked the Castle in the 13th century and kept it under their control for two centuries. As it is built on a hill overlooking the whole town and bay of Kyparissia, this Castle was a watch outpost for enemies and pirates.

In 1460, the Castle of Kyparissia was conquered by the Turks, until the 1820s, when the Greek War of Independence set the town free. However, due to the battles that have occurred, the Castle has been greatly damaged. Most of the bulwarks, the walls, the cisterns, and the storehouses have been destroyed either by attacks or from the gradual decay.

In 1970, there was an effort by the Greek government to restore the Castle. A small open-air theatre was built, which now hosts occasionally a number of cultural events, such as musical concerts, poetry nights and ancient tragedies. In summer, there is a refreshment stand where you can enjoy a cool drink while you see the great view of the surrounding area.



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

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Catrin Kwpa (6 months ago)
I liked the is great...view is wonderful ....I always like going there but the last time I went the croissant that I ordered was like rubber....didn't taste good and paid 5.50 euro (i ordered two) was a filled croissant with brios....poorly made...a club sandwich I ordered elsewhere was 6.00 euros.....please be careful what price you put and what you serve cause I really like going there and the service is very good.
Marius Neu (8 months ago)
Open as seen in the picture, but this is greece... no promises haha So canon can be reached, hole in the wall not, due to construction conditions. Entrance is free Parking right in the front is small, nice coffee shop next to it
dIrTy MeXiCaLi (10 months ago)
Very nice walk around old town, ending to the castle. The castle also known as the Castle of Arcadia, which is the medieval name of the town. It is one of the most known sights in Kyparissia and stands as a stronghold of the entire municipality. According to researchers, the Castle of Kyparissia was built by Frankish people on the site of a previous Byzantine fortress.
John Roussos (4 years ago)
Nice view, very good preserved (about 800 years old), free entry ,but it needs a couple of minutes to get here from Kyparissia and has very big stairs.
Lavinia Georgiana (5 years ago)
Perfect place to enjoy the sunset and take panoramic photos of the city. The paths are slippery in some areas, and steep, better wear adequate shoes if you want to explore a little bit.
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