Medieval village


Voila Tower
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The Fortress Voila is located 1km away from the village of Chandras, in the beautiful plateau of Ziros. Voila was also a small medieval village, which is currently abandoned, like many villages in the area.

The fort, according to a Turkish inscription on its outside walls, was built in 1740-1741. It was presumably founded by an Islamized Venetian nobleman who belonged to the family of Zeni, and was named Tsin Ali or Tzinalis. Tzinalis is a real historical person and was one of the toughest janissaries of Sitia.

The fort consists mainly of a tall tower, called Tower of Genna, which is in relatively good condition and could be restored. Beside the tower there is the small ruined church of Tzinalis and the two-aisled church of St. George, a little further, built in the 15th century with the Solomon family coat of arms.

In 1828, during the revolution in Sitia province the rebels burnt the tower of Lithines and then headed to the nearby medieval village of Etia and some of them (about 500 people) headed against Voila, but the Turks had already evacuated it.

East of Voila, next to Handras village, on a hill there are the ruins of a small fortress, which the locals call Castelli.

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Additional Info

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

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