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Fortress of Trikala and Varousi

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Fortress of Trikala and Varousi

To Fortress of Trikala lies on the northeast side of town. According to Procopius was built by Justinian I (6th century). On the ruins of the acropolis of ancient Trikke. In Palaiologan period saw extensive building and repair works at the fall of the city by the Ottomans some parts of the castle were destroyed, but of great strategic importance acquired by the city as a base from advanced against the outlaws of the Pindus mountain populations and Agrafa forced the Ottomans to repair, fill and maintain the surviving parts.
Repeated repairs saw the fort after the Thessalian revolutions of 1854 and 1878. The castle was an important safety factor for the initial development of the village on the slopes and foothills. Epistefontas a low hill, towered over Trikala and the surrounding plain. On the east side of the fort, the Turks had set in the 17th century. a large clock.
The Clock Tower of Trikala, like that of Larissa is the oldest known in Turkish-occupied Greece. The current clock replaced the older, which was bombed by the Germans.
The old quarter Varousi an affluent, Christian and self-governing district of the city stretching along the east side of the fortress.
The mansions of the WEIGHT and numerous churches (a total of ten, dating from the 16th to the 19th century.) Reflect the economic and cultural boom of the 18th and 19th centuries. that resulted from the development of trade and crafts.

Fortress of Trikala and Varousi

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