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The Palace of the Despots

The ruins of a large Byzantine Building (estimated dimensions 45,5x11m.) are located at the center of the Castle, which is the highest point. The surviving part of the building is gamma shaped and its southern part is preserved at a considerable height of 4m. The facades are extremely elaborate, and were built with the brick enclosed masonry system, with plinths and successive bricks. The use of large and elaborate stone blocks that come from ancient buildings characterizes the structure along with the fact that the wall thickness exceeds 1m.

Based on its characteristics, it is estimated that the building was multi-storey and had a majestic character. In addition, it is estimated that attached to its northwest side there was a chapel. It is probable that this was the palace of the rulers of the “Despotate” of Epirus. This extensive installation possibly also hosted the courtyard and the officials, being the administrative and political center of the medieval state of Epirus.

The South side of the Byzantine Building
The Southeast side of the Byzantine Building.
The Byzantine Building, aerial view.
The South side of the Byzantine Building, aerial view.