Chlemoutsi Castle is located near Katakolon and it is visited by many tourists each year, who want to admire its medieval architecture and the views to the surrounding area.
History of Chlemoutsi Castle
Chlemoutsi has a rather long and colorful history; it was founded by the Prince of Franks Geoffrey I Villehardouin in 1220 and changed many hands throughout the centuries. The castle passed from the Franks to the Catalans, the Turks, the Venetians, the Franks and Turks again and so on.
The Venetians called it Castel Tornese but the original name of the castle of Chlemoutsi was Clermont, after its Franks creators. Later on Greeks named it Chlemoutsi, trying to attribute its sound in the Greek language.
Architecture of Chlemoutsi Castle
The castle of Chlemoutsi was not altered by the Greeks or the Venetians, while the Turks made some changes to better serve their way of fighting off their enemies. However, still today, the Frankish architecture and character of the castle are evident to its visitors.
The Castle consists of an enclosed building at the top of the hill, surrounded by large walls with towers and arched gates, featuring the area for throwing stones and hot oil on the possible invaders.
Entering the walls you can see the main courtyard, the ruins of a Turkish mosque and remains of cisterns and aqueduct. The main building consists of the Prince rooms in two stories, the warehouse and the additional supporting rooms of the castle.
Local authorities are considering to open a small museum that will house findings of the castle, along with the Byzantine history of the castle.
Till today, Chlemoutsi castle is finely preserved and a great place to visit if you disembark at Katakolon during your cruise.
Tour to Chlemoutsi Castle
If you find yourself at Katakolon and you want to do something different than visiting the site of Olympia, you can join a tour to Chlemoutsi Castle, located a few kilometers away from Katakolon port.
The castle is 45 km north of Katakolon and it takes less than an hour to get there by car. You can visit the castle of Chlemoutsi with a bus or a private tour by taxi. The tour to Chlemoutsi castle can be combined with a visit to the archaeological site of Olympia or a visit to the Mercouri Winery.
You can visit Chlemoutsi Castle every day from 8 am to 3 pm, except Monday. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because some walking in and around the castle is involved and take your camera, since the views from the castle are splendid.