The castle of Sarakinis.The tower is located just outside the coastal village of Heraion, on the south side of Samos. It is the oldest tower on the island, since it was built in 1577.

The tower used to be the residence of Nicholas Sarakinis, one of the first settlers of Samos, who re-settle the island during the 16th century.

The “Tower of Sarakinis” is regarded as a powerful symbol of the re-settlement process of Samos, that took place during the second half of the 16th century, as well as a new begging in its long-lasting history. Adjacent to the building is the picturesque, twin Church of St. John (built in 1602). The tower was later inherited, and it is still owned, by the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian (located in Patmos Island).


The available historical accounts are few. However, it seems that Kilitz Ali, admiral of the Ottoman Sultan (Greek by origin, from South Italy), probably anchored, due to bad weather, in the Gulf of Heraion (in 1562). The beauty of the island fell upon him instantly, so he promised privileges to those who would re-locate in Samos. To his helmsman, named Nickolas Sarakinis (Cretan by origin, but born in Patmos), who played a decisive role in the process of re-settlement, donated considerable land around Heraion. As said before, the tower was built in 1577, as a residence for Nickolas Sarakinis.

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