castle of St. Donatos stands in front of Korila Mountain, in the city of
Paramythia. It took its name after the Protector of city. It was built
in 3 phases, beginning in the ancient ages till the Turkish domination.
The 1st phase begins during the Greek ages, the 2nd
during Byzantine ages and the 3rd during Turkish domination.
Byzantine castle was mentioned by historic of the Middle Age, by Prokopios (6th
century), and also during the Tokkoi ages (beginning 15th century).
The 6th century Ioustinianos (which from starts the Greek age of
Byzantine state) built the castle (and some other buildings and temples) for the
safety of population. There were some invasions by Goths and Vandals, while in
551 there was a tremendous earthquake and the King of Italy, Totilas, invaded
all Thesprotian beaches. The construction was made over the ancient Greek wall,
and the castle took the name of regionís Protector.
The castle has a large
external wall, and over the wall there are Byzantine walls (2m height). Within
the castle there are the public buildings and the main market. During the 5th
century, the city reached a great development, with the castle representing a
very important part of it. The castle is not far from Fotiki