Based on archeological research carried out around the castle suggest that initial construction started in late 12th century AD.
Between the years 1382–98, during the reign of James I, the small Byzantine fortification located near the harbour was upgraded to a more substantial castle.
By the 18th century the cast Ile started losing its importance and was abandoned. In the first half of the 18th century Abbot Giovanni Mariti, recorded that the castle was in a semi-ruined state; yet there was still garrison protecting it. He theorised that the castle could have been built by the Ottomans due to its Turkish style and inscriptions.
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|Operating Hours:||September 16 – April 15, Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00|
April 16 – September 15, Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 19:30
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|Operating Period:||All year round.|
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For organised groups consisting of more than 10 persons there is a 20% reduction on the entry fees.
The Department of Antiquities can issue special entry cards for all its museums and ancient monuments: One (1) day entry cards – €8,50, three (3) day entry cards – €17,00, seven (7) day entry cards – €25,00.
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