Castle of Kalamata
Castle of Kalamata
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EdgarCosset
By EdgarCosset
A Definite To Do in Kalamata
3.0 of 5 bubblesFeb 2022
I would not travel to Kalamata just to see this castle. But if you are there, it’s well worth a visit. It is a place for history buffs, an interesting walk through the old town for sightseeing, and a platform for a comprehensive view of the city. The site has dominated the countryside since before the Trojan War. Access is easy. Though not “accessible,” the stairways are well-paved with railings on most sections; and the grounds themselves form a pleasant park. There is a small, contemporary amphitheater which offers occasional concerts. Off season, you can drive and park at the main gate. But the walk is more fun. The entry fee is €2. For history buffs, it was one of the string of Frankish fortresses built along the Messinian coastline in the Barony of Kalamata. Like this one, most are in ruins, with just enough walls and remains to inspire the imagination. Guillaume II de Villehardouin, the most successful lord of the Frankish Principality of Achaea, was born here in 1211. For context, he accompanied Louis IX on the Seventh Crusade. Coin collectors prize the pieces of his reign. The Franks officially held it until 1410. But the full history reflects the constant East-West struggles of the region. It regularly changed hands, went through periods of destruction and rebuilding, and served successive command by Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans and Venetians all the way through the 19th century. Most of what we see today is Venetian construction, signaled by the sculpted frame over the main gate of what was surely once an image of the Lion of St. Mark. For everyone else, the view alone is worth the effort. And the winding streets around the base have just enough houses of quirky charm that you could call this Kalamata’s version of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill.

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Anna J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The castle was so beautiful and so many areas which were so exciting to see! I have always been interested in castles and this one was one of the best I have seen! It’s old, worn walls bring to life what it was like in the 13th century and it felt as though I had time travelled back to experience the incredible events that occurred there. Just stunning! A must see attraction!
Written July 10, 2023
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EdgarCosset
Brooklyn, NY1,689 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I would not travel to Kalamata just to see this castle. But if you are there, it’s well worth a visit. It is a place for history buffs, an interesting walk through the old town for sightseeing, and a platform for a comprehensive view of the city. The site has dominated the countryside since before the Trojan War.

Access is easy. Though not “accessible,” the stairways are well-paved with railings on most sections; and the grounds themselves form a pleasant park. There is a small, contemporary amphitheater which offers occasional concerts. Off season, you can drive and park at the main gate. But the walk is more fun. The entry fee is €2.

For history buffs, it was one of the string of Frankish fortresses built along the Messinian coastline in the Barony of Kalamata. Like this one, most are in ruins, with just enough walls and remains to inspire the imagination. Guillaume II de Villehardouin, the most successful lord of the Frankish Principality of Achaea, was born here in 1211. For context, he accompanied Louis IX on the Seventh Crusade. Coin collectors prize the pieces of his reign. The Franks officially held it until 1410. But the full history reflects the constant East-West struggles of the region. It regularly changed hands, went through periods of destruction and rebuilding, and served successive command by Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans and Venetians all the way through the 19th century. Most of what we see today is Venetian construction, signaled by the sculpted frame over the main gate of what was surely once an image of the Lion of St. Mark.

For everyone else, the view alone is worth the effort. And the winding streets around the base have just enough houses of quirky charm that you could call this Kalamata’s version of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill.
Written March 6, 2022
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Lynn W
Parkgate, UK19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I visited the castle while my husband waited below !

The views were lovely across Kalamata but there wasn’t a lot to see at the castle !

There is a theatre there which must be an amazing experience.

Very little of the castle remains
Written September 17, 2019
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Cris Lazar
Methoni, Greece49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The castle is quite accessible, not to many stairs and the vue of the area is beautiful. Recommend seeing it!
Written August 26, 2019
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vincedaniels
Kalamata, Greece64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The entrance is very nice and the stairway to the castle is impressive. Some good signs to talk a bit about the history. Not much of the castle remaining, but the views are very nice.
Written August 20, 2019
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Georgia G
Astoria, New York11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
It’s bit the best castle in Messenia in terms of how well it has aged but it certainly is one of the older ones and the history of that site goes back to Mycenaean times! Overall it was great to get up there and see the city below! Great views!
Written August 10, 2019
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apars0n
Manchester, UK644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
The castle over looks Kalamata and has good views of the bay and mountains. There are a couple of gates, some walls and a small (locked) church.
Interesting to stroll around, but probably not the finest castle you have ever been to.
2 euros entry, which is about right.
Written July 10, 2019
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Greg548
Maidenhead, UK379 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The views are ok but of the castle A bit of the walls are there and there is quite a nice little church, but there's not much else.

I spent less than 10 minutes there and the best thing about it was that it only cost €2. If it had been any more expensive I would have felt ripped off.
Written May 5, 2019
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Nico B
North Pole, AK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
It's a wonderful place to visit for a stroll. It's a bit like a park. When you go all the way up you'll also have a wonderful view over the city of Kalamata.

And important: in case there is any performance in the amphitheatre up here - what is to be expected in the summer months - don't miss it, it's a really unique experience.
Written March 19, 2019
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Boris M
Piestany, Slovakia451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The castle is acccesible from south-west side of the town, or form other side then is situated The farmer´s market. Short hinking tour from Ypapanti Church is suitable also for little children.The entrence is for fees. If I good remember adults pay only 2 euro. Chidren under 6 are free. The best thing is great view on the town, Because there is no castle on the top, but only a park with small church surrounded by the wall.
Written November 28, 2018
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