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Methoni Castle















Methoni Castle is a living testament to the enduring history that has shaped this coastal marvel. Erected by the Venetians in the 13th century, the castle witnessed pivotal events like the Ottoman conquest in 1500 AD and the Venetian recapture in 1686, marking significant turning points in its narrative.


Originally built for strategic and defensive purposes during a medieval period of expansion, Methoni Castle stands on the south-western coast of Greece, serving as a maritime fortress to control trade routes and protect Venetian interests. Its location overlooking the Ionian Sea and offering views of Sapienza Island makes it a unique vantage point. The castle, with its Bourtzi tower and iconic gate adorned with the Lion of Saint Mark, invites visitors to appreciate the breathtaking scenery inspired by generations. The Church of Saint Sophia, the well-preserved Turkish barracks, and other hidden gems showcase the diverse layers of Methoni's history.

Methoni Castle's historical significance is deeply woven into the fabric of the region, with notable battles and recaptures shaping its destiny. In 1209, the Venetians initially constructed the castle, emphasizing its role as a vital maritime stronghold. The Ottoman conquest in 1500 AD marked a turbulent period, only to see the Venetians reclaim the castle in 1686, highlighting its strategic importance during geopolitical shifts. These events are etched in the castle's stones, reflecting its resilience and enduring role in the region's history.


Symbolically, Methoni Castle stands as a source of pride for the village, embodying the strength and heritage of the community. Its well-preserved structures, historical artifacts, and the palpable connection to past struggles contribute to the collective identity of Methoni, instilling a sense of local pride and appreciation for the castle's enduring legacy. To fully appreciate the castle and its surroundings, visitors are encouraged to allocate a generous 2 hours, ensuring ample time to absorb the historical, architectural, and scenic wonders on offer..

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Getting There

Administrative Information
Methoni (Prefecture of Messinia)

Telephone 1: 
(+30) 27230 31969
Telephone 2: 
(+30) 27230 28758

Methoni Castle:  

Tickets & Open Times:
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