This is just a place holder for the time when I can add more about this interesting place.

Established in 1249 by the Franks, it expanded over time and was a base for the Byzantine empire.

It was a leading cultural and intellectual center of the Byzantine empire.

Later the Venetians, and then again the Turks occupied it. By the 1820's it was abandoned.

Last modified 2/21/10. Original content © 2010 John P. Nordin