1 | Location
It is founded on a peninsula located between Lefkada and Akarnania and occupies an area of approximately 25,000 square meters with rich War history as it was besieged 12 times in total in the 7 centuries of its existence.
2 | The Idea of Giovanni Orsini
The first fortified construction was completed in 1302 AD by Giovanni Orsini, when he took Lefkada as a dowry for his marriage to his daughter Despot of Epirus Nikephoros I. It was originally a small military station with a small number of defenders.
3| The Name
In 1331 Lefkada was occupied by the Avedes of Valter Vryennius who came from the town of Saint Maure, France, which eventually led to the name of Castro in Saint Mavra as a memory of their homeland.
4 | Reconstruction
The first small changes to the castle took place in about 1395 by Karolos I, and then between 1410 and 1420, he also made the first large expansion of the castle, which then became pentagonal. Inside, the city of Agia Mavra, which is the capital of the island, is now enclosed.
5 | The aqueduct
The construction of the famous Aqueduct era is also placed in the period of the Turkish occupation. The water of the great spring tap just outside Lefkada was transferred with pipes to the castle resting on a narrow street from 360 bows. Remnants of the construction can still be seen today.
6 | The Temple of Saint Mavra
In the castle, there was the magnificent Temple of Saint Mavra, which was destroyed in 1810 in the attempt of the English to occupy the island. Today, the small orthodox temple of Saint Mavra is located in the northern part of the Castle and in the heart of Lefkada, inside the table-shaped bastion. It was built in 1883 and celebrates on May 3rd when crowds of pilgrims flock.