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Tzurulon
Çorlu, Tekirdağ

Tzurulon (Τζουρουλόν, modern Çorlu) was a strategically located town west of Constantinople in Eastern Thrace (modern Tekirdağ Province). It was located north of Herakleia on the on the road from Adrianople to Constantinople. Because of its proximity to Constantinople, Tzurulon was subject to frequent attacks: the Avar khan besieged itduring the reign of Maurice; Krum attacked it in 813; and the region was pillaged by the Pechenegs during the reign of Alexios I. John III Vatatzes took Tzurulon from the Latins in 1235. John Asen II’s attempt to occupy the fortress failed; in 1240 the Latins seized it again, but John III regained Tzurulon in 1246. Tzouroullos appears as a suffragan bishopric of Herakleia around 8oo. In the notitia of Andronikos II it is listed as an archbishopric.

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Luigi Mayer (1810)

References

Tabula Imperii Byzantini 12: Ostthrakien by Andreas Kulzer

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium edited by Alexander Kazhdan

Resources

Tzurulon/Çorlu Album (Byzantine Legacy Flickr)

Byzantine Thrace Album (Byzantine Legacy Flickr)

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