"THE BYZANTINE RUINS OF MYSTRAS" Prefecture of Laconia Things to Do Tip by greekcypriot
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Mystras is located 5 km north west of Sparta.
“The wonder of the Morea” as it is called was built amphitheatrically around the fortress erectred in 1249 by the prince of Achaia. It was reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, and the city was abandoned in 1832 leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins standing here.
The Byzantine ruins of Mystras are at the base of Mount Taygetos, overlooking the city of Sparta and the fertile plain surrounding it. It gives impressive views of the whole area around it.
It is worth paying a visit to this beautiful historical spot when you visit the Peloponnese. I believe it is the best example of the last period of the Byzantine empire. It is a fortress and a city surrounded by walls and full of beautiful monasteries and churches.
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