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Neokastro, the "new fortress" that dominates the town, was built by the Turks in 1573 to control the southern—at that time, the only—entrance to Pylos bay (an artificial embankment had drastically reduced the depth of the northern channel). Neokastro's well-preserved walls enclose the Church of the Transfiguration (a former mosque); cannons; and two anchors from the battle. The highest point of the castle is guarded by a hexagonal fort flanked by towers. A prison in the 18th and 19th centuries, the fort was more secure than most other Greek prisons because it sometimes housed convicts from the Mani, who continued their blood feuds while behind bars.

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  • Address: Access is by trail from south side of town or off road to Methoni, Kalamata, 24001
  • Cost: €2
  • Hours: Daily 8–dusk
  • Location: Ancient Messene
Updated: 11-17-2011

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