Riniasa Castle


Riniasa Castle
Κάστρο Ῥινιάσας
Riza, Western Greece
Riniasa Castle is located in Greece
Riniasa Castle
Riniasa Castle
Coordinates39°04′49″N 20°21′12″E / 39.0803°N 20.3533°E / 39.0803; 20.3533Coordinates: 39°04′49″N 20°21′12″E / 39.0803°N 20.3533°E / 39.0803; 20.3533
Typehilltop citadel
Height185 m
Site information
OwnerGreek Ministry of Culture
Controlled by
Open to
the public
Site history
Builtlate 13th century/early 14th century
Built byByzantine Empire
Materialshewn stone (ashlar)

Riniasa Castle (Greek: Κάστρο Ῥινιάσας), originally known as Thomokastron (Greek: Θωμόκαστρον, lit.'Castle of Thomas'), is a medieval Byzantine fortress on the coast of Epirus, close to the modern village of Riza near Preveza. The castle is today in a ruinous condition.


The castle was built (or rebuilt) by Thomas I the Despot of Epirus, at the beginning of the 14th century, hence was named Thomokastron ("Thomas' castle") or the "castle of the despotes." It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1463 and liberated from the Turks along with the rest of Greek Epirus during the 20th century.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Brooks 2013, pp. 193–197.
  2. ^ Soustal & Koder 1981, pp. 250−251.
  3. ^ Veikou 2012, p. 497.


  • Brooks, Allan (2013). Castles of Northwest Greece: From the early Byzantine Period to the eve of the First World War. Aetos Press. ISBN 978-0-9575846-0-0.
  • Soustal, Peter; Koder, Johannes (1981). Tabula Imperii Byzantini, Band 3: Nikopolis und Kephallēnia (in German). Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. ISBN 978-3-7001-0399-8.
  • Veikou, Myrto (2012). Byzantine Epirus: A Topography of Transformation. Settlements of the Seventh-Twelfth Centuries in Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania, Greece. BRILL. ISBN 9004221514.

External links

  • Riniasa Castle at kastra.eu (in Greek and English)