Turkish Towers


Askyfou Koules
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Askyfou Plateau, about 50km south of Chania city, is located in a strategic position and is formed on the passage that connects the southern shores of Sfakia to the north coasts of Crete. Sfakia did always breed great revolutionaries and the Turks always wanted to control them. Thus, in response to the Cretan Revolution of 1866, they began construct Koules, i.e. small castles, in the most important locations of Sfakia.

Two of these Koules were built in Askyfou Plateau, near the village Goni. Unfortunately, they are ruined and have not been restored yet. They were built very close together on a hill inside the plateau, having a panoramic view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.

You can visit the forts if you ever visit Sfakia, since they are next to the road connecting Chania to Chora Sfakion. There were two more towers in the plateau, one in the position Krouselia and another in Tagdia Korfi, that are totally ruined.

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Additional Info

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