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Molyvos castle and upper town on Lesvos island

the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Top: The Castle of Molyvos towers above houses lining the hills of Molyvos town. Center and bottom: Zoom  views of the massive fortification walls.

 

 

Arriving at Molyvos Castle 

approaching the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos

Almost there! To reach the castle, we followed a series of stepped paths that wound past the old stone houses built against the steep hill. It took us just over 15 minutes to climb to this spot near  the outer castle walls.

 

spring flowers on the steps to the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Parts of the steps were almost overgrown with spring flowers

 

at the top of the stairs leading to the castle in Molyvos on Lesvos island

 A footpath along the castle perimeter (left) and the final flight of steps we had just climbed to reach the fortress. 

 

outer wall of the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos

The imposing outer wall looms above the stairs we had just climbed

 

approaching the entrance to the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Approaching the outer entrance to the castle

 

outer wall of the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Stonework details on the wall above the entrance portal

 

Passageway from the outer wall to the interior of the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Inside the passageway from the outer wall to the castle interior

 

crenelated fortification wall at the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Crenelations on the wall above the passageway

 

 

Inside the castle

Information sign inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

A sign details the primary building phases of the castle during the Byzantine, Genoan and Ottoman eras. The castle stands on the site of an acropolis that was built sometime during the 6th Century B.C.

 

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Tower and flag pole in the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

Above: A narrow flight of steps leads to the tower from which the Greek flag flies. Below: the view from the top of the stairs.

View from the flag pole tower at the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

 

Views from the castle

Inside the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

In my first Moments in Molyvos post, I explained that our visit to Molyvos coincided with a weather phenomenon that filled the sky with Sahara Desert dust carried by the wind all across Greece. Normally the views from the castle would be stunning, but the haze limited sightlines, dulled the sunshine and muted colours.  We were disappointed that our photos lack sharpness and detail; nevertheless, we were impressed by the scenery and enjoyed the castle’s marvellous views.

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

rooftops of houses below the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

view from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

Molyvos harbour viewed from the Castle of Molyvos on Lesvos island

 

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