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Feb 27, 2020
The Land Gate

The Land Gate

It was built in 1707 and was the only entrance to the town by land, always closing at sundown. There used to be a moat in front of it. The gate was demolished in 1897 and was recently reconstructed according to a study of its original form.

Catholic Church of Metamorphosis tou Sotiros

Catholic Church of Metamorphosis tou Sotiros

Transfiguration of the Saviour.
It is known as Francoklisia and was given to the Catholic Church in 1839. Inside there is a painting of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), copy of the work of the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael. It is used since 1839 to present day without interruption.

Palamidi fortress

Palamidi fortress

Built in 1714, it has 8 independent bastions which are preserved in excellent condition. Later it housed a horrible prison. Access is possible by stairs or by a modern road. The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking.

Philellinon Square

Philellinon Square

An obelisk was erected in 1903 in the centre of the square in honor of the French Philhellenes (Maison, Fabvier and De Rigny) who fell during the Greek Independence war. Their names are found in the inscription on the base of the monument.

The Armansperg House

The Armansperg House

It dates from the 2nd Venetian Occupation (1687-1715) and was rebuilt in 1831 with the addition of the second floor. One of the largest houses in town with impressive interior decorations, it was the residence of Count Von Armansperg.

The Customs

The Customs

It was built in the mid-19th century by architect Stamatios Kleanthis. It is simple, rectangular, with symmetrical entrances and windows according to the neo-classical style.

Church of Panaghia

Church of Panaghia

It is one of the oldest churches in the city. It was built in the 15th century but was given its present form as a three-naved basilica around 1700. It has a beautiful wooden iconostasis dating from the 19th century.

St. George’s Cathedral

St. George’s Cathedral

Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgios.

One of the oldest and most important churches in the city. Built at the beginning of the 16th century, it was converted into a mosque by Turks, into a church again by Venetians and during the 2nd Turkish Occupation it became a mosque once more. Since 1822 it is an Orthodox Church. The paintings in western style date from the beginning of the 18th century.