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Heritage: Restoration of Frankish Tower on Acrocorinth
The restoration works of the Frankish Tower on the Acrocorinth in the Peloponnese, southern Greece, are rapidly progressing. The restoration is funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) and is held by the 25th Byzantine Antiquities Ephorate working group.

Restoration of Frankish Tower on Acrocorinth
The walled gates of Acrocorinth, as rebuilt by the Venetians
[Credit: WikiCommons]

Acrocorinth, the acropolis of ancient Corinth, was first a Greek acropolis, then a Roman citadel, while it later became a Byzantine fortress. The Franks captured it in 1210 and it then fell into the hands of one of Naples’ rulers. It was later owned by an arms manufacturer and banker, followed by the Knights of Rhodes, the Turks, the Venetians, then the Turks again, and finally the Greeks once more.

The castle’s walls are connected with the walls of the city of Corinth and the important ancient harbour of Lechaion. It was declared a Byzantine monument in 1922.

Source: Greek Reporter [July 20, 2014]