The tower of

Vainia

Vainia Tower
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Above the village Vainia of Ierapetra you will meet the top of Stavros (Cross) with the white chapel of the Holy Cross in panoramic point that controls the entire isthmus of Ierapetra. Just a few meters away from the chapel at position Pirgos (i.e. tower) there is an unknown and forgotten Venetian tower. Its square shape surrounds a semicircular prominence, like as artistic edging.

The tradition of the village says that this tower belonged to some notable of the medieval era whose properties went up to the Plain of Ierapetra. Water was abundant in the area from the spring approximately one kilometer southeast of the Tower and is called Vainia (this spring gave its name to the muslim village of Vainia). Just off the great tower there are the ruins of a Basilica which was dedicated to Agia Sophia.

This tower has a base of the rebels against the Turks of Ierapetra. Here, in mid-October 1866, the Turks attacked the rebels and forced them away.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Fortress / Tower
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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