Skyros Byzantine Castle

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Location: Town

The Byzantine Castle in Skyros Town: The Castle of Skyros, built on the highest point of Skyros town and overlooking the whole area, has a long history behind it. Although it is not as well preserved as other castles in Greece, this stone fortress was built in the Byzantine Times to protect the island from enemies and pirates that were frequently devastating the Aegean islands that time. The architecture of the Castle is simple but strong. Over the main entrance, you will see a marble lion built in the wall. Although there are only a few remains of the old fortifications, the Castle of Skyros offers great views of all the Town and the sea.

Inside the Castle, there is a great church, the glorious Monastery of Agios Georgios (Saint George), which is a dependency of the Monastery of Megisti Lavra, Mount Athos. The church of Agios Georgios, which was probably founded in the 10th century, has notable hagiographies and can be seen perched from the rocky mountains under the walls. The Castle of Skyros is within a walking distance from the center of Skyros Town.



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  • maria3423 20 Sep 2010
    Strong castle above town
    Nice castle on a hill above the town. It gives great views of the island. It takes about 1-2 hours to see it, considering that you will also see the monastery of Saint George right beneath the castle. The entrance door is large and impressive and has a carved marble lion on it. It is amazing how many castles there are in Greece, isn't it? And most of them are so well-constructed that they have survived time very well. Inside the Castle of Skyros there are some ancient remains, which means that an ancient town used to be there.