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Sing in me, Muse…
… and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy. He saw the townlands and learned the minds of many distant men, and weathered many nights and days in his deep heart at sea…
(Homer's Odyssey, opening lines translated by Robert Fitzgerald, 1961)

KYTHERA is a paradise eagerly sought, sung of by Gods and mortals.

In mythology, KYTHERA was the birth place of celestial Aphrodite, Goddess of love. Botticelli’s "The Birth of Venus” has become a landmark of 15th century Italian painting, so rich in meaning and allegorical references to antiquity.

In Homer's Iliad, KYTHERA was the refuge of Paris and Helen before leaving for Troy and, in his Odyssey, it was the last place Odysseus recognized before his wanderings to Ithaca.

In the Age of Enlightenment KYTHERA was painted in 1717 by Jean-Antoine Watteau in his legendary masterpiece "Embarkation for Cythera” and honoured in 1798 by French revolutionaries, when they planted the Tree of Freedom in Chora’s Estavromenos square to proclaim the ideals of the Revolution "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.

The journey to KYTHERA has inspired European theatre, poetry and music including Florent Carton Dancourt's play "Les Trois Cousines” (1700), Charles Baudelaire's poem "Voyage to Cythera” (1851) and the piano masterpieces of Claude Debussy (1904) and Francis Poulenc (1940).

KASTROPOLIS, our 17th stone mansion, is one of the most impressive properties in Chora, seat of a 13th century Venetian castle and effective capital of the island. KASTROPOLIS is a play on words – Kastro from the Greek for castle and Polis from the Greek for city.

Generations of noblemen have graced the house. Now it offers itself to discerning travelers, allowing them to absorb KYTHERA’s centuries of heritage while enjoying modern amenities and absolute privacy.

KASTROPOLIS is the ideal option for families and friends travelling together, who seek a dreamy vacation experience with real family moments.

KASTROPOLIS is home first and guest house after.