Archaeological Byzantine Site of Mystras
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Byzantine Site of Mystras
city of Mystra is located in Laconia, in the south of the Peloponnese.
It is a large open-air museum dominated by the castle, at the foot of
which are scattered houses and medieval palaces, frescoed Byzantine churches and the palace of the
Frankish princes Villehardouin.
Here they flourished for centuries art and Byzantine architecture which reached
Starting from the ticket office at the Upper
Town, the path begins to
descend, past Nafplio Gate and you reach the small church
of Agia Sofia, with some interesting
frescoes. From here the view across the valley is great, with the Palace of Despots
(in restoration) which dominates the landscape.
Further downhill, Monemvasia Gate
is the access to the Lower Town. Making sure to take the path
that goes to the right immediately after the gate, you can reach the
most valuable building in Mystra:
The Pantanassa Convent.
The church, which dates back to 1300, is the only one still inhabited
by nuns and enchants visitors with already beautiful frescoes, the
apotheosis of Byzantine art.
Continuing you can see the small and peaceful Perivleptos Monastery
dug into the rock, with fourteenth-century frescoes still intact and
where you can access some ancient private residences. Just before the
release is the beautiful Mtripolis,
with a magnificent stone facade and its remarkable interiors that
include sacred furnishings and a throne in finely decorated wood.
The visit of Mystra is usually
divided between the lower town and the upper town, both with parking
and ticket office. However, some buildings, including the monastery of Pantanassa,
are located in the middle path, which makes necessary a strenuous
climb. The most convenient way to visit the whole site is to leave the
car at the lower parking lot and climb higher with the entrance half:
sometimes found the taxi waiting at the bottom that will lead you to
the upper town to the modest price of 4 euro. Alternatively, just wait
on the street and ask a few cars in transit passage for the top ticket
office. From here you can climb briefly to the castle ruins or begin
the path down which touches all the main buildings to reach the lower
town; time about 2.5 / 3 hours. From avoid the hottest hours even if
the area is often ventilated and part of the track is shady.
Admission € 12,00 - Hours 8:00 until sunset
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