The Castle of Oria
A once great castle, that controlled the passage through the Tempi valley.
What stands today on the rock is not the Castle of Oria itself, but a piece of it. It was a bastion that protected the Lower Oria Castle, which was located almost on the river bank. The main castle was demolished when the road was made. Only a small part of its wall is visible at a distance of 30 meters from the road.
The name -"of Oria"- comes from the castle lord's daughter in the 15th century, when he resisted the Ottomans. The Turks besieged the castle for 12 years. Eventually they managed to "breach" it when a Turk, disguised as a monk, managed to infiltrate it. Then the beautiful daughter - according to the legend - fell from the rock and was killed. At the steep place where the daughter fell, a pomegranate grew and its leaves would never fall and would grow three pomegranates on every year.