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Patras Castle

Patras Castle

The Patras Castle is located at the foot of Mount Panachaiko. Its foundation is placed in the 6th AD century reign of Justinian. Its construction took place with building material of the ancient Acropolis, which was at the same place and had already collapsed.

The fortress of Patras is built on the last hill of Mount Panachaiko, the legs of which is spread the plain of Patras, on which is built the town. The fort is located 800 meters from the sea. It was built by Emperor Justinian on the second half of the 6th century.
Diaper has been built on the ruins of the ancient citadel.

During the construction of the walls were used as domes materials from pre-Christian buildings, columns, friezes, lintels and other parts that are visible on the outer sides of the walls. The building phases distinguished today the fort is the testimony of the work done by each of its conquerors, for the repair, strengthening, growth and adaptation to the development of military science.

The history of the castle is long and closely connected with the history of the city. In the 9th century Patras attacked by the Slavs and Saracens by land and sea. The invaders are defeated and their defeat is attributed to the patron Saint Andrew. In 1205 the Franks led by Geoffrey Villehardouin conquered the town and the Castle.

Patras given as barony to William Aleman and belongs to the Principality of Achaia based Andravida. At the same time it became the seat of the Catholic archbishop, who gradually acquired great political power. In 1408 the Pope granted the city a lease to the Venetians for five years.

In 1428 Constantine Paleologos releases Castle whose walls were repaired and made additions. In 1458 the city surrendered to the Turks and the Castle gradually transformed into an administrative center, as the military defense of the area is transferred to the Castle of Rio. During the period 1687-1715, Patras is one of the four provinces of the Republic of Venice and from 1715- 1828 again occupied by the Turks.

In 1828 the French general Maison releases the region. The Patras Castle is badly damaged by Orlov. From 1950- 1975 the castle belonged to the municipality of Patras and then allocated to the Ministry of Culture – 6th Byzantine Antiquities and works as an archaeological site.

Address

Address:

Panachaidos Athinas, Patras

Telephone:

Opening Hours

Monday

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Tuesday

08.00 - 15.00

Wednesday

08.00 - 15.00

Thursday

08.00 - 15.00

Friday

08.00 - 15.00

Saturday

08.00 - 15.00

Sunday

08.00 - 15.00

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