Angelokastro Fortress - Corfu (Greece)

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Angelokastro - "Castle of the Angels" or "Castle of Angelos" is located at the top of the highest peak of the island's coast in the northwest coast near Palaiokastritsa and is one of the most important Byzantine castles of Greece. The origin of his name is not entirely clear, with some historians mentioning that in 1214 Michele I Komnenos Doukas, Despot of Epirus, sometimes called Michele Angelos, annexed Corf├╣ to Epirus and after his death, Michele II Komnenos Doukas, often called Michele Angelos in narrative sources, further strengthened the area and called him after himself and his father: Angelokastro. The despots were linked to the Komnenoi dynasty of the Byzantine emperors. Today the signs of foreign language in the area refer, erroneously, as the castle of Sant'Angelo.

Angelokastro is one of the most important fortified complexes of Byzantine Corfu. It forms an Acropolis, translated as a city on the edge, which guarded the region up to the southern Adriatic and thus presented a formidable point of strategic observation for the occupant of the castle. The engineering of its construction in such a remote and forbidden position is notable for any standard, not just medieval.

He played a key role during the Great Siege of Corfu in 1571, when the Turkish attack on the north-western flank of Corfu was successfully rejected by the defenders of the castle.

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Latitude: 39.6783423
Longitude: 19.6867628
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Map of Angelokastro Fortress - Corfu