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Abandoned Fairytale Castle of Agrili

Driving along the Western coast of Greece, from Olympia towards Pylos, you can take a small detour for a chance to enter a mythical realm where stories of knights, maidens and winged dragons are very much alive and intertwined with Ancient Greek mythology. Enter the magnificent, if a bit tacky, Fairytale Castle of Agrilis.

The story goes that the castle was built in the 1960s by a U.S.-born doctor of Greek descent, Harry Fournier, who made his fortune as a surgeon in Chicago. He returned to his ancestral lands of Filiatra upon retirement, where he wished to leave his mark as a benefactor of the city from which his family hailed.

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