Karytaina Castle

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/02/01/11/002
Level Item
Place Karytaina Frankish Fortress
Dates 1890-1897
Creator Leaf, Mr Walter
Scope and Content View of landscape from the walls. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph. Donated by Leaf. W?
Further information The barony of Karytaina was established in 1205 by Geoffrey I de Villehardouin and remained in Frankish hands until 1320/5 when it was captured by the Byzantines. The Frankish castle of Karytaina was built at a strategic point on the top of a hill that dominates the valley through which both Gortyna rivers, the Lousios and the Alpheios, run at the crossroads between Gortynia and Messenia, Olympia and Elis. It has been suggested that the castle was built using spolia from the ancient acropolis of Vrenthi. At the foot of the hill on which the castle stands lies the medieval settlement of Karytaina.
Related records [BSA SPHS 01/0378.1691], Arcadia, Karytaina: View of Plain of Megalopolis from the Ruins of the Castle, 1891-1897