The Castle Town of Mystras is a fortified town and a former municipality in Sparta. It was built in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William II of Villehardouin, at the top of a 620 m high hill overlooking Sparta.
It was very strong in the Byzantine times and actually in the last decades of the Byzantine period, this was the second most important town after Constantinople.
The castle has two entrances. The first one is the main entrance, which leads to its southern part. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Metropolis, where the emperor was crowned in the 1449 by Konstantinos Palaiologos, the church of Odigitria, whose frescoes date back to 1312, the monastery of Pantanassa, which today hosts six nuns and whose decoration inspired by Gothic art, and Perivletto, with its impressive frescoes.
At the highest point of the castle remnants of the walls carry you to the time when Mystras was threatened by conquerors, while the view towards both Sparta and Taygetos is stunning.
The route may be tedious for some, however, the scenery that you will encounter when you reach the highest point of the Castle will surely compensate you.
The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travelers for ancient Sparta.
In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparti was built, approximately eight kilometers to the east.
Get ready for a 4 hour walk, on a stone made steep path.
Travel back in time by visiting the churches of Agia Sophia, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Dimitrios, Pantanassa and Agioi Theodoroi.
You will be amazed with their architecture and the wonderful frescoes that have survived in most of them.
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- Licensed guide (upon request with extra cost)