Turkish Towers


Vathiakos Koules
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After the great Cretan Revolution of 1866, the Turks built more than 100 towers, called kouledes, to control the rebels. At the eastern edge of the valley of Amari, two such koules were built, the koules of Vathiakos and Lochria.

The koule of Vathiakos, built on the hill south of the village, served a dual purpose. First, it controlled the passages from Amari to Messara. Secondly, it strongly protected the Muslim village Vathiakos, which was the Turkish center of the area. The koule of Vathiako still survives in relatively good condition. Its east wall has collapsed and most of its roof.

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Additional Info

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