"Mystras" Prefecture of Laconia Favorite Tip by Lilasel
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Favorite thing: Following the road from Sparta which passes through plane trees, cypresses, olive trees, mulberries and orange trees we reach Mystras (5 km on the West side of Sparta).
Mystras was the hometown of Byzantium's last emperor, Constantine 11th Paleologos Dragatis, and fell to the Turks three years after the fall of Vasilevoussa ("the reigning city"), as Constantinople was known then.
Mystras, during the last years of the Byzantine Empire had become the cultural center of the Empire, and its monasteries held precious collections of ancient texts.
Find more about the place inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO on my Mistras page
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