Santorini Emporio Castle

Location: Emporio

The Castle of Emporio: In the past, the residents of Santorini were facing problems because of pirate raids. The pirates used to attack the locals to steal their wealth; therefore, there was a great need for protection. As a result, five forts were built on the island, one of them being the Castle of Emporio - a fortified, medieval castle close to the well-preserved Venetian Tower.

The Tower of Nimborio, also known as Goulas, is a square-shaped Venetian Tower situated in Emporio Village in Santorini. It was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and is linked to Patmos island. Legend has it that the Tower was erected by the same monks that built the Orthodox Monastery of St. John the Theologian.

Both the Castle and the Tower are must-visit attractions in Santorini because of their unique architecture and structure. The Castle has one entrance. On the inside lie small, quaint houses, one close to the other, connected by small bridges and stairways. The tiny houses along with the narrow streets of the Castle resemble a labyrinth constructed for the protective needs of the locals. Moreover, a chapel accessible only through the Castle’s tunnel used to be inside the Goulas Tower.

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