The last visit within the castle's walls is Bourtzi, the ideal ending. It is an octagonal tower with a dome. It has changed many uses and missions: a fort, a prison, a harbour, a shelter and a torture dungeon for Greek prisoners. Here in October 1825, Saint Methonis died, withered from the hardships and cholera; he was one of the priests that fought in the War of Independence. According to one tradition his body was thrown into the sea, sanctifying the land.
Despite its suffering, this land offers us a spectacular view to the sea. The sunset is enchanting and as the sun dives, one wonders how could this land showcase its beauty, its history, its monuments so that all the world – Greek and foreign travellers ‒ will learn about what the land has experienced.
Most of the recounts about the castle of Methoni come from the foreign travellers and pilgrims of the Holy Land who used its port as a hub for their journeys and recorded their impressions. Besides, painters and map makers were the first to depict the castle and Bourtzi and their portrayals are priceless. Today, one can find similar depictions in the souvenir shops at the exit of the castle in the form of gravures or post cards.