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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
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.
Parts of the steps were almost overgrown with spring flowers
A footpath along the castle perimeter (left) and the final flight of steps we had just climbed to reach the fortress.
The imposing outer wall looms above the stairs we had just climbed
Approaching the outer entrance to the castle
Stonework details on the wall above the entrance portal
Inside the passageway from the outer wall to the castle interior
Crenelations on the wall above the passageway
Inside the castle
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.
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.
Views from the castle
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.