Turkish Towers


Plakias Koules
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One of the many Turkish towers, called koules, built by the Turks in Crete is that of Plakias at South Rethymno. It was built on a hill of conglomerate grounds, with steep cliffs at its east and south sides, inside a fortified enclosure. The position dominates the region and controlled the bay of Plakias. The fortification wall probably belonged to a former Venetian fortress, with a length of 60-70m and a width of 25-35m. It was fortified with two bastions, one on the south side and one on the north curved wall.

The fort gives its name to the whole area called Koules, and is located just above Plakias Hill Villas, from where you can reach it. Today only some large parts of the walls survive, but if the authorities do not act soon, the fort will soon collapse, just like many more in Crete.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Fortress / Tower
  • Peak Period: Ottoman Era (1669 - 1898)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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