Cretan Forts


Kazarma Fort in Sitia
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Fortress Kazarma (Casa di Arma) is built on a hill near overlooking the port of Sitia, reminding of the old times that it protected the town. The fort is the only surviving part of the old Castle of Sitia and its walls, which were destroyed by the Venetians.

The fortress and the walls, which served as barracks or command post, is not Venetian, but was built during the Byzantine period. The Venetians later demolished the walls in order to rebuild stronger ones, but they never restored them. During the Ottoman Occupation the walls were not rebuilt, but only the fort Kazarma was restored and some buildings were added.

Today Kazarma is used for the local cultural events Kornaria. The fort has two floors, with internal stairs leading to the floors and the battlements.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Fortress / Tower
  • Peak Period: Second Byzantine Era (961 AD - 1204 AD), Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Opening Hours: 8:00-15:00, except Mondays
  • Entrance Fee (€): 2€, Reduced 1€
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  • Phone: +30 2843027140
  • Fax: +30 2843023917

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