Methoni Castle/Το Κάστρο της Μεθώνης

 

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The bridge to leading to the castle

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Creepy hidden passageway

My next stop on my tour of the southern Peloponnese is a small town called ‘Methoni’ which is located in Messinia in the west coast part of the Peloponnese. The town of Methoni is famous for its’ medieval castle (Game of Thrones style) which might be in ruins now,  but it is still awe-inspiring.  The climb to the top offers a spectacular view of the sea and of the town with its red tile roofs.  The site was known in Homeric times as it was called ‘Pedasus’.  Homer called the site “ampeloessa” (of vine leaves) in the Iliad.  In 1209 A.D the Venetians built the castle as it was the ideal spot for trade.   Due to its strategic location between Venice and the Holy Lands, Methoni was conquered by many people. The castle was conquered by the Franks and the Venetians and even pirates and then it went into the hands of the Turks in the 18th Century and then back into the hands of the Greeks in the 19th Century.

When I went there was no one there so there was no entrance fee and I roamed freely with just a few tourists scattered around. I took a lot of photographs and it was very difficult to choose the right ones for this blog. Some photographs I felt were better in black and white, but I didn’t want them all to be black and white, even though it was  cloudy that day, there was some good light and the colourful landscape showed up well in the photographs.

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