Telegraph Operator (Semaphore)

Near the lighthouse of Moudari in Karavas is the ruined semaphore, which was used to exchange messages with ships passing through the straits.

According to a report by I.P. Kasimatis, the project was completed in 1903 and its cost was paid by the British lighthouse service. The building was made of local limestone, while it is not known how the roof was built, which has been destroyed. Today its large metal mast is rusty and fallen on the wall and many parts of the mechanism on the ground in pieces. It is noted that this mast is the only one that survives in all of Greece and that the building is also the only one that survives in good condition. From the north side of the lighthouse begins a passable dirt road that leads to the semaphore.

It is noted that the building and its mast are the only ones that survive in relatively good condition throughout Europe.

A remarkable lecture-analysis by the academic Manolis Korre for the operation of this building complex entitled “The development of Telegraphy and the signal telegraph of Kythera” can be found here.

Access: From the village of Karavas with a cement road and then with a passable dirt road.

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