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Frangokastello Fortress in Crete

 

In the years 1371 ÷ 1374 the Venetians built a fortress here.

The extensive structure was to protect the southern part of  the

island from Turks and pirates. Materials for the Venetian fleet were

also stored here. As a sign of belonging to the Venetian nation, a lion

was placed above the main entrance. The rectangular wall was reinforced

with four towers placed at the corners of the bastion, each 10 meters high.

The walls are also quite well preserved. You may be disappointed when you come here.

A difficult, winding and steep road leads to the fortress. On the other hand, the monument

it self is bare walls that do not encourage visiting. To get interested in this place, it is  worth 

knowing its history, which started in 1770. The Turks then captured the Frangokastello fortress ...

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Frangokastello Fortress in Crete

In the years 1371 ÷ 1374 the Venetians built a fortress here. The extensive structure was to protect the southern part of the island from Turks and pirates. Materials for the Venetian fleet were also stored here. As a sign of belonging to the Venetian nation, a lion was placed above the main entrance.

The rectangular wall was reinforced with four towers placed at the corners of the bastion, each 10 meters high. The walls are also quite well preserved. You may be disappointed when you come here.

A difficult, winding and steep road leads to the fortress. On the other hand, the monument itself is bare walls that do not encourage visiting.

To get interested in this place, it is worth knowing its history, which started in 1770.

The Turks then captured the Frangokastello fortress ...

Frangokastello Fortress in Crete

In the years 1371 ÷ 1374 the Venetians

built a fortress here. The extensive structure

was to protect the southern part of the island from

Turks and pirates. Materials for the Venetian fleet were

also stored here. As a sign of belonging to the Venetian

nation, a lion was placed above the main entrance.

The rectangular wall was reinforced with four towers placed

at the corners of the bastion, each 10 meters high. The walls

are also quite well preserved. You may be disappointed when you come here.

A difficult, winding and steep road leads to the fortress. On the other hand, the monument itself is bare walls that do not encourage visiting.

To get interested in this place, it is worth knowing its history, which started in 1770.

The Turks then captured the Frangokastello fortress ...

Unexplained phenomena over Frangokastello

For Cretans, this place is a symbol of the struggle for independence. In the courtyard, in front of the entrance to the castle area, a monument to the leader of the insurgents has been erected. And although it was built by the Venetians, it is paradoxically a bastion of the People of Rosa. Because in May, on the anniversary of the tragic battle, in the morning, when the sun is barely above the horizon, dark shadows appear. When spring dew covers the walls, locals and tourists come here to observe the phenomena.

This unexplained phenomenon has been repeatedly researched and described for over two hundred years. Sources say that as early as 1890, the Turkish army passing through it stumbled upon the Rosy People who fled in panic. During the Second World War, the Germans opened fire on the shadows emerging from the darkness.

It may seem like a fairy tale, but there is something to the story if scientists got interested. They found that strange shadows only appear on certain, non-random 7 days of May. The show lasts 10 minutes and takes place only when the sea is very calm. It ends when the first rays of the sun appear.

What is a fairy tale, what story told from mouth to mouth of patriotic Greeks, how much truth there is in it - it is difficult to say. It's definitely worth knowing this story.

Fight for the Frangokastello Fortress

In May 1828 a dramatic battle took place here, in which the Cretans fought for liberation from Turkish captivity. The insurgents under the command of Hadjihimalis Dalianis managed to capture the fortified castle. Mustafa Pasha sent an army of 8,000 very quickly. The Greek rebels fought for 7 days. A sea of blood has been spilled, more than a thousand warriors have died. On May 17, the Turks managed to capture one of the towers. On that day, the invaders killed 338 insurgents. The brave leader Hadjihimalis Dalianis also died. The Turks massacred his body in a spectacular manner and carried the severed head stuck in a stake to Pasha. On May 24, the Turks withdrew from the siege. The sea has long washed the bodies of those who died in defense of the country's freedom.

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