Mytilini Travel Guide

  • Aghios Therapontas Church
    Aghios Therapontas Church
    by dimilag
  • Mytilini
    by STRATOS79
  • Mytilini
    by STRATOS79

Mytilini Things to Do

  • StefanosS's Profile Photo

    by StefanosS Updated Nov 21, 2003

    The church of Aghios Therapon in Mytilini, built by the Genoesi. It stands out among the other buildings with its imposing, elaborate dome, virtually dominating the port.

    Aghios Therapon church, Mytilini, Lesvos island
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • StefanosS's Profile Photo

    by StefanosS Updated Nov 21, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In the North part of the town, between a green pinewood and the sea, stand the remains of the castle. It is quite well preserved; it is among the bigger castles in the Mediterranean area and is considered a masterpiece of the medieval architecture of fortifications. Its construction and its consolidation came in different periods. The initial nucleus of the castle was most probably constructed with an ancient building material, during the Justinian times. It was later restored by Francisco Gattilusio. At that period it was considered impregnable and strong. An extension was built when the island was under the Ottoman Turkish Rule.

    At the gates and other points of the castle there are coats of arms of the Paleologos and Gattilusio families. Within the fortress walls there are arcades, a superb piece of craftsmanship which served as an assembly area for the women and children while the castle was under attack. Adequate ventilation and lighting was provided via purpose-built small openings in the fortress walls. There are long passages behind the arcades. A legend says that there were some exits from the galleries at a very far distance from the castle; however they remain unfound until today. Inside the walls a cistern is also preserved, Roman or Byzantine, constructed with impermeable materials.

    The fortress communicated with the “Casteli” by the port, a graphic bastion occupying the area where the Statue of Liberty stands today.

    Nowadays, during the summer months a variety of cultural events are held within the fortress walls, in a section, which has been appropriately modified to suit this purpose.

    The castle of Mytilini
    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Theater Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • StefanosS's Profile Photo

    by StefanosS Written Jun 28, 2003

    A view of the city from the castle. The name of Mytilini comes from the amcient greek word "'mytilos" which means "mussel". Even today, the Geras bay has a good production of mussels.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Beaches
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

Mytilini Hotels

Instant Answers: Mytilini

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

125 travelers online now

Comments

Mytilini Travel Guide
Map of Mytilini

View all Mytilini hotels