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Chlemoutsi Castle is located in Kastro, the village of Municipality of Kyllini, in the westerner side of Peloponnisos. This is built in the top of a hill that dominates the plain of Ilia. The castle was founded in 1220-1223 from the souvereign Godefreido A΄ Billeardouino and it constituted the more powerful fortress of occidental principality Achaia that knew particular acne at the season of Billeardouinon. In order to manufacture it Godefreidos comes in conflict with the catholic lot of Achaia and it used the revenues for his construction. The new castle named by the founders of Clermont, in the Greek translation Chlemoutsi, while Enetians later called it Castel Tornese because it was considered erroneously that here was found the occidental mint of tornesians.

Clemoutsi Castle has been built in a strategic position with extensive view in the plain of Ilia and the Ionian Sea protected the capital of principality Andravida and the famous Glarentza harbour.

In these days Chlemoutsi continues maintaining his intense occidental character. From the later conquerors only the Turks appear to interest itself for his modernization and made small extent work, mainly for the adaptation in the use of firearms of arms. Thus the castle remains one from the more important and maintained fortresses of Greece and constitutes exceptional architectural sample.


Kilini is one of the most popular parts of prefecture, over there has been found the harbour that connects two from the famous islands of Ionian Sea Zakynthos and Kefalonia. Also nearby Kyllini the ancient harbour of Glaretza has been found . In 1204 Frankish people build again the ancient harbour and they created a new city of Glaretza, where they cut also her own currency the “tornezi”

Glaretza reached big acne and consist the bigger harbour of Mediterranean. In 1428 passed as dowry in Konstantinos Palaiologos, the last Byzantine emperor, which however in 1432 he destroyed Glarentza from foundations in order to face the problem of pirates. Since then the region was small settlement up to 1821 where Ionian population lived over there and later refugees from Smirni.

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Kastro Clemoutsi, 27050 West Peloponnese
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