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Holidays to Kalavryta

Kalavryta holidays

A 15 minute drive away, the 13th century ruins of the Frankish Orias Castle overlook the small town of Kalavryta situated in what was the ancient Despotate of Morea. Kalavryta, in the mountainous east of the modern municipality of Achaea is built on the banks of the Vouraikos River and is 40km east of Patras.

Kalavryta is the southern terminus of the Diakofto-Kalavryta rack railway, built by Italian engineers between 1885 and 1895 and one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Europe. The town was taken from the Franks by the Byzantines in the 1270s who ruled until 1460 when the Ottomans overran the region and remained till 1821, the beginning of the Greek War of Independence.

Kalavryta was the site of one of the great atrocities committed by the Germans in Greece when, in reprisal for the capture and killing of a group of German soldiers by resistance fighters, all men over the age of 14 years, totalling 696, were herded together and massacred by German troops. Only a handful survived.

Kalavryta, Peloponnese

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