Mistras Travel Guide

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  • The castle

    If you enter Mystras by the upper gate you will first reach the ticket kiosk, than the trail fork, downhill is the Upper town of Mystras but I suggest you to go up and pay a visit to the ruins of the Frank castel. The path will take you at least 20 minutes to get to the top, has little shade at the begining and none further up. Make sure you bring...

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  • The Agioi Theodoroi

    One of the older of the monasteries in Mistras, the Agioi Theodoroi was built in the late 13th century. It is rather small compared to the other monasteries but still features a stunning octagonal shaped dome that dominates the monastery.

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  • The Castle

    The Castle, at the very top of the hill, is a logical target to aim at in your wanderings and well worth a look. What amazed me was how narrow the area at the top really is and how tough a job anybody trying to take it would have had. A few soldiers could have held off an army, as long as they had adequate supplies of food and water.

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  • Pantanassa

    Pantanassa was built by John Phrangopoulos in 1428. Like many of the other churches in Mystra, it is laided out in a cruciform manner with soaring domes overhead. The churches has survived the centuries relatively intact. An especially notable feature of the Pantanassa is the four storied belfry, seemingly the largest of the Mystra churches. The...

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  • The Palace

    The Palace is the largest complex of buildings with Mistras. It sits on a terrace towards the top of the slope that leads upto the castle the crowns the hill. The Palace formed the seat of two Byzantine dynasties and of numerous foreign and Greek princes for more than three centuries. The Palace was L-shaped in design and centred around the only...

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  • The Agia Sophia

    The Agia Sophia was built in the 14th century by Manuel Cantacuzenus who was the first Despot of Mystras. The church was designed in the cruciform manner that is crowned by a dome. Inside of the church there are four chapels at each angle. In some of the chapels there are several paintings that can be seen while touring inside. Some of these are...

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  • The Cathedral of St. Demetrios

    The Cathedral of St. Demetrios is a 13th century church that is largest of those scattered about Mystras. The church has a very interesting interior with a significent number of impressive Byzantine frescos dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries. In the north courtyard there is an archaeological museum that was less then memorable.

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  • The Fortress or Castillo

    Mistras sprawls up the slope of a large hill. Crowning this hill is a ruined fortress. The castle was built in 1249 by William II de Villeharduin, the Frankish crusader. It turned over to the Byzantines in 1260 and they controled to castle until 1460 when the region was conquered by the Ottomans. These various empires renovated the castle through...

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  • The Church of Our Lady Hodegetria

    The Church of Our Lady Hodegetria was built in 1310 by abbot Pachomios. The interior of the church has many outstanding example of Byzantine painting that date from 1312 to 1322. The church was built in a mix of architectural styles that contain narthex and lateral chapels.

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Mistras Hotels

  • Byzantion Hotel

    Central Plaza, Mystras, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 1.5 out of 5 stars

Mistras Transportation

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    by SirRichard Updated Feb 7, 2003

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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!

    gorges near Sparta

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Mistras Off The Beaten Path

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    by Aitana Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    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.

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Mistras Favorites

  • Stuff to know to plan your visit

    The site is open April to October 8.30-20.00 and November to March 8.30-15.00, in 2011 the admission was 5 euros.As the site is quite large and cover the side of a hill with a significant drop in altitude you need to plan your exploration very carefully.There are two access points, one at the Upper Town and another at the Lower Town. My guidebook...

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  • Agia Sofia

    Near the highest gate of the castle stands the church of Agia Sofia, while on the slope to the east is the Pantanassa monastery, built by the lords of the 15th century. The church is impressive in its elegance and refinement. The wall-paintings include an impressive monumental representation of Christ in the apse.

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  • Palaces of the Mystras Despots

    The palaces of the Despots were built on a small plateau on the hill. Buildings with a variety of functions, erected at different periods (13th - 15th c.), from a large complex, dominated by the throne-room (early 15th c.)

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