Fodele Forts


Kelia Koules, Fodele
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Fodele area was a very important passage during the Venetian and Turkish Era, which made the occupiers build towers and forts at almost every peak. The Turks wanted to fully control the passage of Fodele and simultaneously monitor the bay (the current beach of Fodele), where the Greek ships often beached for supporting the rebels.

One of these Turkish Towers was built at the position Kelia, just above Fodele beach (south of the beach) overlooking the sea. Today some ruins of the fort remind of its glory past, although completely abandoned by the local government. Next to it, we meet the chapel dedicated to Saint John, which once served as a monastery. The cells (kelia) of the monks gave their name to the area.

There were several smaller Koules - watchtowers along the peaks Bombias mount, the mount east of the beach.

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Additional Info

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

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