Niokastro: Pylos Castle
Niokastro: Pylos Castle
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Selebian
Selby, UK2,223 contributions
Sep 2022
Wow, this castle covers a very large area. There's lots of opportunities where you can clamber up the walls and take in the great views of the surrounding area. The church in the centre is beautiful inside and out. The exhibitions which are on are really interesting. It would improve visits a great deal if there were some information boards up around the site but there's next to nothing. Shame. As usual for castles in Greece I wouldn't recommend taking children. There are no fences anywhere and numerous sheer drops.
Written 27 September 2022
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Kenneth F
4 contributions
Sep 2022
Visited many years ago and disappointed. Now though great exhibits in the museum especially the underwater exploration
Written 22 September 2022
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK993 contributions
Jul 2022
Don’t miss this castle, which completes a trio of excellent visits, along with Methoni and Koroni, especially if you like fortifications as much as me. Koroni sits on a perfect vantage point above the Bay of Navarino, so be sure to read up about the crucial naval battle that took place there in 1827. The combined allied fleet, made up of French, Russian, and British vessels inflicted a crushing defeat over the Turkish fleet which lay at anchor inside Navarino Bay.
This event was instrumental in bringing about Greek independence shortly after, so don’t underestimate the importance of this place in Greek history.
Anyway, back to the castle. It dates back to the 16th century, and was built by the Turks, so this sets the castle apart from Methoni and Koroni. You’ll immediately be struck by the scale of the walls and the regular hexagonal shape of the castle – quite a move forwards from medieval castle design. You can access this part of the castle via a ramp, which takes you on to the top of the bastions.
It’s also possible to walk most of the outer walls, but watch your step – there hasn’t been much renovation here, so you need to be sure-footed.
Another highlight is the Church of the Metamorphosis, which you’ll find in the castle grounds. The church was converted from what was originally a Muslim mosque.
Finally, your ticket also allows admission to a recently opened archaeological museum which you will see to your left just after you enter the castle. This contains a small but beautifully presented set of artefacts relating to Prehistoric and Roman times.
Two other tips if you’re in Pylos: make sure you see the monument in the main square to the “Three Admirals”. There is still some controversy in Greece about their role in the liberation of Greece from Turkish rule, considering the absence of any direct Greek contribution to this victory; however, by chance, I did find a short but excellent audio-visual representation of the battle in a small building just to the left round the corner from the main square. I think it was in some kind of reading room. A short flight of stone steps leads up to the door of this building.
Written 17 August 2022
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Naomi95A
Boechout, Belgium87 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
I visited it on Monday (Tuesday it’s closed).
Payed the entrance (6€) en wandered around a bit. I didn’t expect to spend as much time there as I did. It’s very nice to walk around, visit the little museums inside, climb the walls and enjoy the beautiful view.
It’s absolutely worth a visit.
Written 19 October 2021
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ZolatheGreek
London, UK198 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Only €6 to get in - this is worth a trip. Beautiful views, the smell of pine and an impressive, historic castle. The little museums inside are really well presented and interesting.
Written 11 October 2021
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pierre
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
a very interesting archaeological museum to visit at the Pylos fortress and also the centre for underwater antiquities
Written 29 August 2021
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PookieWestSussex
Chichester, UK97 contributions
Aug 2021
Very well done exhibition in air conditioned space, plus other smaller exhibits from under water discovery.
Fascinating history through the ages, including a horrible siege.
Written 28 August 2021
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Alex Leontaridis
Ioannina, Greece1 contribution
Jun 2021
The view from the castle was dazzling. The museum was modern with holograms and interactive exhibits. The staff was friendly and helped us a lot. The price of the ticket was 6€ and free for kids/teens. The only downside was that the place would need a little more grooming, as there were bushes that prevented you from visiting parts of the archeological site.
Written 5 June 2021
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RexTsatsaroglou
Athens, Greece327 contributions
Sep 2020
A must when you visit Pylos. Breathtaking views, an archaeological museum, two buildings with exhibits belonging to the museum of underwater archaeology, a mosque as well as the castle itself with its fortified walls.
Written 28 September 2020
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C L
5 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
This castle is small and manageable with small kids (in a carrier) and has some interesting finds in the small museum. The town itself is interesting with friendly people, a town square and shops and cafes overlooking the dock and lots of boats. There's a great shoe store just off the main square but I can't find the name anywhere. Good town to stop in for a day. Do the castle and get a coffee or grab lunch and walk the town square after.
Written 10 September 2019
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