It was constructed during three periods: in the 13th c., the 14th c. and during the Ottoman rule, when it finally took the form it has nowadays. Some features of the building show that Ottomans may have called Venetian engineers to contribute to the strengthening of the fortification during the last stage of the construction.
BUILT UPON THE RUINS OF THE WALLS OF ANCIENT AMVRACIA, THE CASTLE OF ARTA IS A REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE OF THE BYZANTINE ARCHITECTURE.
Outside the main gate of the castle was lying the market of Arta. It was there that the Jewish community was doing business. Inside the castle was a space reinforced with a second wall, the Kastraki (“Little Castle”) or Iç Kale, which was probably the ultimate point where the defenders of the castle could run to, when they were besieged. It was here that Makriyiannis was imprisoned during the Greek Revolution of 1821. Nowadays, it hosts cultural events during summer.