The settlement Grimbiliana was a suburb of Kolimbari, near Kissamos, where feudal lords Gribilli lived. They had built a tower like a fortress for their safety and when the Turks conquered the island the family of Gribilli was Islamized so as to retain their privileges.
During the revolution of 1821, the region belonged to the Venetian Emin Aga Tsochantaroglous. He grabbed the fortune of Kyra Gonia Monastery and resold that in 1841. In 1823, Ioannis Geraniotis (Papadogiorgakis) destroyed the tower and killed the Turkish garrison.