In what concerns its architecture, it is a typical
Venetian fort, protecting the breakwater of the harbour; it is the end
of the coastal walls. Constructed with huge stones, it is a two-storeyed
building. The ground floor has a vaulted roof with broad skylights. Thick
walls dived it in 26 appartments, which served as the dwelling of the "Kastelanos" (
the officer responsible for the castle), of the captains and other officers,
whereas a part was used as strerooms. The upper floor as well as the
basis of a minaret were added to the original construction by the Ottomans.
The castle has been restored and cleaned up, during the last few decades,
by the 13th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities of the Greek Ministry of
The place has housed the International Conference about Domenico Theotokopoulos
("El Greco"), which took place along with the great exhibition of paintings
of this important and famous artist of the Renaissance. Several cultural
events and exhibitions are organised there ever since. A small theatre
has been established at the upper floor.
Due to its place, its history and the actual use it has, this archaeological
site attracts many visitors all year round.