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Venetian Fort of Frangokastello

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The Venetian fort of Frangokastello
The Venetian fort of Frangokastello
The exterior of the Venetian fortress (1371) has survived in excellent condition although the interior is in ruins. It has a square design with a tower at each corner. Above the gate is the emblem of Venice, the lion of St. Mark. The Venetians built the castle to deter pirate raids and to bring some order to this area. The castle is associated with some fierce battles. In 1828, a small band of Greeks, headed by Hatzi Michali Daliani, occupied the castle in an attempt to spread the War of Independence to Crete. He and his small band of rebels were massacred by the much larger Turkish force on the plain of Frangokastello. Their martyrdom became the subject of heroic legends and songs. The local legend says that on or around the anniversary of this battle (17 May), you can see the ghosts of Daliani and his army. They appear in the early morning, marching from the castle. These spirits are called "dhrosoulites" or “dew shadows” by the locals.

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The Venetian fort of Frangokastello
The Venetian fort of Frangokastello
The Venetian fort of Frangokastello
The Venetian fort of Frangokastello
 
Visit the area of the sight: Frangokastello