Castle of Saint George in Kefalonia

The Venetian Castle of Saint George in Kefalonia: The Castle of Saint George is located 7 km southeast of Argostoli, above the village Peratata Kefalonia. 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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Almost entirely ruined
There is not much of a castle remaining. It is located just above the village Peratata. It is polygonal in shape and covers quite an extensive area. Unfortunately, the castle is ruined today and only few buildings survive. But as the history goes that when the castle was in full bloom and during time of glory, it served as a protection for people in times of war. It is quite unbelievable that this ruined place could earlier had residences, public building, churches, hospitals, prisons and storehouses filled with food and weapons. It was like an entire city inside the castle! Unfortunately none of that remains now however you can go there for royal ruins and some amazing panoramic views. There is also a cafeteria in the castle where you can sip and munch. Overall it is a nice place but nothing extravagant.

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