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I arrived in Sparta coming from the west (Pilos). This road passes by some fabulous mountains, alpine landscapes, woods and gorges. From these "Kaiathas" gorge were the spartans said to throw the babies than weren't tough enough to keep the strict "spartan way of life"...
Anyway, is a wonderful entrance to the valley!
Updated Feb 7, 2003
From Mystra, take the road Sparta-Gythio. On km 11, on the right hand side, you will see a road sign indicating a monastery called Ieras Monis Panagias Zerbiktsis (or Zermpitsis). The road goes up and leads to the entrance of the monastery. It is ruled by nuns, and it is built on the place where an old monastery dedicated to Our Lady, Ieras Monis Kyras Panagias, had been built in the XII century. The new monastery was rebuilt on 1639 and frescos and icons were painted on 1669. The choice of the place were the main church was built is due to the finding of an Icon of Our Lady of Zerbiktsis. This icon is enthroned on the left of the Main Church.
From 1968, there is also a museum in the Monastery. According to some findings that are exposed in the Museum, there was in that place an idolatrous temple dated from the 3rd century B.C.
Updated Aug 3, 2008