FYLA (Small town) CHALKIDA
It is built on the top of a steep, rocky hill in the Lilandian plain and is visible over the whole area.
A medieval love story is associated with the castle. It belonged to the feudal lord Merito dalle Carceri but it was conquered by the legendary knight Likarius at the beginning of the Frankish occupation in the 13th century A.D. and handed over to the Emperor of Byzantium Michael the seventh.Likarius deserted the Frankish army for the sake of the beautiful widow, Feliza, and using the castle as his base, on behalf of Byzantium, he successively occupied the Frankish castles of Evia. When the Turks occupied Evia in 1470, they destroyed parts of the walls to weaken its defence.
The northern and western parts of the walls are better-preserved. As you go through the entrance on the northern side you will see the impressive ruins of a large building which was the mansion of the lord. The mansion was two-storeyed and there still remain on the second floor, the slits for the windows which are vaulted and decorated with ceramic tiles in the Byzantine style. Next to the mansion there are ruins of other buildings which served the various other purposes of the castle.
This text is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture of Evia tourist pamphlet (1997).
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