Turkish Towers


Askyfou Koules
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Askyfou Plateau, located about 50km south of Chania city, is situated in a strategic position at the passage that connects the southern shores of Sfakia province to the north coast of Crete. The mountainous area of Sfakia did always breed great revolutionaries and the Ottomans always wanted to control them. Thus, in response to the great Cretan Revolution of 1866, they started the construction of more than a hundred koules, i.e. small defensive towers, in the most important locations of Crete, Sfakia being one of them.

Two of these towers were built in Askyfou Plateau, in the hill rising above the village Goni. Unfortunately, they are ruined and have not been restored yet. They were built very close together on the hill, having a panoramic view of the plateau and the surrounding mountains. Askyfou area was home to two more towers, the koule of Krouselia and the koule of Tagdia Korfi.

You can visit the forts if you ever visit Sfakia area, since they are located next to the road connecting Chania to Chora Sfakion

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Fortress / Tower
  • Peak Period: Ottoman Era (1669 - 1898)
  • Accessibility: Walking
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