The Castle of Chora or Great Castle or Paleochora is one of the most famous attractions in Kalymnos. It is situated in the place where ancient Pothia once resided and it is considered as the medieval capital of Kalymnos. The castle takes its final form in 1495 and it is inhabited continuously until 1812 .

Midway between Chora and Pothia you will find the Pera Castle or Castle of Chrisocheria, which is one of the most famous sights in the island. Situated at a strategic point, on the top of a natural hill, this castle helped Kalymnians to easily monitor Chora and Pothia.

The natural division of the Kastelli hill into two different levels was wonderfully exploited by the Kalymnians, who built a Byzantine fortress in this beautiful area in order to control the sea passage between Kalymnos and Telendos.

Are you planning a trip to Kalymnos, Greece? Join David's Been Here on this beautiful Greek island for a trip around the area's ancient castles. Based in Central Kalymnos, David pays a visit to the 14th Century Chora Castle. Built by the Knights of Saint John, this castle not only has great historical importance and some amazing views of Kalymnos below, but also boasts some archaeological ruins dating back to the 4th Century BC. Only a five-minute drive away, David presents another Knight's Era Castle, the Chrysocheria Castle- one of the icons of the island. Strategically built atop a large hill on the island, this castle was once an important fortification monitoring other castles and the city of Kalymnos below.

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