The Bourtzi of Methoni

A virtual visit to the Bourtzi of Methoni.

INTRODUCTION

In my last post I gave you a photographic tour of the main castle at Methoni, finishing at the gateway to the Bourtzi, a small outpost castle that guarded the sea, which I shall now focus on.

THE WORD BOURTZI

Here are the origins of the word Bourtzi:

Bourzti Info BoardBourtzi - English text

THE BOURTZI OF METHONI IN PICTURES

The Bourtzi of MethoniThe bridge connecting the Bourtzi to the main castleThe main castle from the BourtziBourtziBourtzi IIBourtzi IIIFront of BourtziIsland

Entering the Bourtzi
This passage leads into the Bourtzi. This style of brickwork is a feature of Byzantine architecture.

Looking back towards the main castleBreaking waves IBreaking waves IIIsland IIBridge viewed from the BourtziClose of Bourtzi BridgePictures of BourtziInside of a domeThe centre of the BourtziThe internal structure of the main domePanel of dome supportByzantine brickwork, the BourtziLoose piece of stoneworkColumn baseBridge - close upwall mounted spherical stone

LEAVING METHONI CASTLE

There were a few final photograophs as we headed back to the car preparatory to moving on to Nestor’s palace.

Methoni Castle Info BoardMehtoni Castle PicturesRestoration of Methoni Castle

Sea defences, Methoni castle
Coastal defences for Methoni castle.
Heraldic lion, Methoni
The Lion of St Mark – the emblem of Venice.

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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