Turkish Towers


Koules of Agios Ioannis
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The Turks, in order to control the province of Sfakia, built a network of towers (koules) which had direct visual communication between them. One of them is located east of the forested village of Agios Ioannis (aka St John) at a point with unique views from the Messara plain to Paleochora.

The Koules of St. John still stands deserted, while the visitor still sees the cisterns for storing water. The place can be accessed via a trail crossing the beautiful landscape with cypress trees and the views of the Libyan Sea.

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Additional Info

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