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Platamon Castle Morning View

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The castle of Platamon is a fortress-town of the middle Byzantine period (10th century A.D.). It lies at the south-east foot of mount Olympos, at a strategic position which controls the route leading from Macedonia to Thessaly and South Greece. (from gtp.gr)

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A: Platamon Castle South Wall View Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 340 meters away

Platamon Castle South Wall View Greece

B: Platamon Castle Entrance 01 Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 360 meters away

Platamon Castle Entrance 01 Greece

C: Platamon Castle Path Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 370 meters away

Platamon Castle Path Greece

D: Platamon Castle Entrance 02 Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 370 meters away

Platamon Castle Entrance 02 Greece

E: Platamon Castle North Wall View 02 Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 370 meters away

Platamon Castle North Wall View 02 Greece

F: Platamon Castle Church B Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 370 meters away

Platamon Castle Church B Greece

G: Platamon Castle Inerside Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 390 meters away

Platamon Castle Inerside Greece

H: Platamon Castle Chapel Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 410 meters away

Platamon Castle Chapel Greece

I: Platamon Castle North Wall View Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 430 meters away

Platamon Castle North Wall View Greece

J: Platamon Castle Outer Center Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 440 meters away

Platamon Castle Outer Center Greece

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