Fodele Forts


Kokkinos Pirgos Koules at 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. Especially after the Great Revolution of 1866, they built more than 100 towers, called koules, in Crete to control the resisting population. In the strategic bay of Fodele they built three koules, while there were around five more smaller watchtowers in Bobias range.

One of these koules is the Koule of Kokkinos Pirgos (Red Tower) on a hill controling the passage to Achlada. Although looks close, it is very hard to reach the fort due to dense vegetation and the wired fences. One can still see the fireplace of the tower.

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Additional Info

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