Things to see and do - Livádia
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Fortress : Michelin's recommendations
The fortress of Livadiá, which stands on top of Mount Ágios Ilías (402m), controls the approaches to Thessaly. The position was first fortified in the 13C by the Franks, who held Thebes, but the present fortress dates from the 14C when the Catalans ruled the land. They had in their possession a relic, the head of St George, which eventually turned up in Venice. The former outer bailey of the castle precedes the main gate, which leads to the keep. Near it stands the chapel of Elijah built on the site of a temple to Zeus. From the ramparts there are spectacular views of the Erkinas Gorge, the Jerusalem hermitage, the town and the mountains. At the highest point there is a cave in which the oracle of an infernal deity, Trophonios, was thought to officiate. The oracle was consulted by Pausanias, a famous traveller in the 2C AD, who described the rituals and the trials imposed during them.
- Address : Taki Lappa GR - 321 00 Livádia321 00Livádia