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Samothrace Towers (Gatilouzi)

When talking about post-Byzantine fort architecture in Greece, we should definitely include the towers and fortifications in Samothrace. Solely standing on the cape, the mouth of the river Fonias is the tower of the Paleologoi Byzantine era.

West of Chora, on the peak of a steep rocky hill overlooking the village, some parts of the original fortifications can still be seen. This position must have been built towards the end of the 10th century when the locals retracted from Istanbul inland to avoid pirates’ attacks.

The Gatilouzis did not just fortify Chora. In Paleopolis, on top of the imposing hill, close to the port, they build a complex of forts that is made up of three towers using local building materials.

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