Defensive Architecture

Raftis Koules

Raftis Koules
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At an altitude of 705m, between the village Ano Moulia and the ruined village of Raftis, at a point that controls the plane of Messara, after 1866, Avni Pasha built a large defensive tower (koule) for controlling the passage to Messara and to protect Raftis, which was a Muslim village.

The ground plan of Koules has shape T with the longest part being the cantonment area while the shortest hosted three rooms, of which two still preserve their roof. A characteristic feature of the fort are the arched entrances to the fort, quite unusual for a fortress.

In close distance we see a building of the same period, apparently an auxiliary building, today used as a stable.

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Additional Info

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

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