Trip 2: Aegeira, Patras, Chlemoutsi

The north coast of the Peloponnesus is filled with remarkable sites.  I visited just three of them over the last week.  First, we stopped at the largely Hellenistic site of Aegeira, an important city in the Achaean League.  I has an impressive acropolis with amazing views of the coast as well as a well preserved theater.

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Further west, we  explored some of the Roman remains from Patras.  Patras is the third largest city in Greece and filled with a array of Roman period ruins, including a well preserved Roman bridge

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The final stop of the day was the 13th century Frankish site of the Chlemoutsi.  This imposing castle guarded the Elian plain and despite its centuries of Post-Frankish use, it retains many of the basic features of Frankish period.  Note that the wall lack battering characteristic of the gun powder age (and Venetian and Ottoman period fortifications).

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We then headed on to Olympia and the fire ravaged hills of eastern Elis…

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