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Fragokastello Fort

Listed under Castle Forts in Crete, Greece.

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Fragokastello is a small seaside village on the south coast of Crete – where it's quieter. This is not a big town, though it's pretty, and the visitors come to see one thing then tend to shoot off to the nest thing, and the thing that they come to see is the Venetian fort, which was built here in 1371. Castle-like, this fort is in good condition, partly due to the fact that other forts, castles and monuments built in the area were pillaged for the stones to keep Fragokastello Fort in good repair. The design is pre gun-powder: a bastion with four square towers linked by sheer walls with archer ledges. There are interesting carvings on the stone work of the walls. The inside is less well preserved but you can still tell which rooms were the kitchens and stables etc.

Right in front of the castle is a shallow watered beach, good for kids, the next beach along is rockier, good for snorkellers.

Written by  H.T. Hallum.

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