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GREECE: EXPLORING a ruined VENETIAN CASTLE, island of ASTYPALAIA 🏰

GREECE:  EXPLORING a ruined VENETIAN CASTLE, island of ASTYPALAIA 🏰

SUBSCRIBE: – Let’s go to the beautiful Greek island of Astypalaia in the Aegean Sea and let’s visit The Venetian Castle in Chora (the main town). The Castle is a wonderful sight to see placed royally on top of the hill and made with black stones that shows a strange contrast with the white-walled cluster of houses around it. The castle’s history is entwined with the power struggle among the Venetians, Byzantine and the Turk rulers. The castle was constructed by John Querini, a noble Venetian family who had taken over the rule of Astypalea Island after the siege of Constantinople by the Crusaders in 1204. It was built as a shelter against pirates and other enemies. In 1310, John Quirini II renovated and modified the castle to a great extent. The Venetians ruled from the castle for more than 300 years and each ruler had made some or other modifications to the imposing structure.
Astypalaia, is a Greek island with 1,334 residents. It belongs to the Dodecanese, an archipelago of twelve major islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The island is 18 kilometres long, 13 kilometres wide at the most, and covers an area of 97 km².
Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.
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