Penteskoufi Hill (Black and White Landscape)

Penteskoufi Hill
Penteskoufi Hill

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Penteskoufi Hill by Mike Jackobo

Penteskoufi hill in Corinth as seen from the entrance of the castle of Acrocorinth. I am presenting this Black and White landscape because the hill will be serving as the background for some of the photos I plan to present in the near future.

On top of the hill is a small fort. On the other hand, Acrocorinth is a mighty castle which is considered impregnable; it has never fallen to a direct assault of an enemy. Yet, this little fort -barely visible in the photo- was the key to the fall of the big, ancient castle.

The Frankish forces which were laying siege to Acrocorinth, built it in a haste in 1205. The purpose was to cut off the supplies to the castle and thus, starve the defenders to submission. Acrocorinth surrendered in 1209 due to lack of supplies. There is no mention of the use of Penteskoufi in the subsequent years. The condition of the fortifications though suggests that is was maintained during the middle ages. The fort was used again in 1821, during the revolution against the Turks, in order to lay siege to Acrocorinth again. The castle fell to the Greek forces in January of 1822, again due to lack of supplies.

I wasn’t aware of the existence of the fort on top of Penteskoufi hill. Although it is not easy to reach the top, it would be interesting to attempt it in the future.

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