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    by JessieLang Updated May 25, 2011

    Mystra is a late Byzantine (medieval) city. Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and its most important city. Thesaloniki was the 2nd most important, and Mystra was third. It was a regional capital until the fall of the Byzantine Empire.

    The castle is high on the hill; the town below. It was a flourishing city, with a good water supply and revenue from silk production. The double-headed eagle was the symbol of the Byzantine Empire, and is also the symbol of the Orthodox Church.

    The 4th Crusade departed in 1204 and was supposed to be liberating the Holy Land, but they diverted to Constantinople, looted and sacked the city, deposed the emperor, and divided up the spoils. The crusaders also came to Mystra and fortified it. You can hike between the castle at the top of the hill and the ruins of the town at the bottom if you are in good shape. It is steep, and it can be slippery after a rain. The convent on the side of the hill is still in use by a small group of nuns, and it can be visited.

    For less active people (like me) there is still a lot to see.
    The Mitropolis cathedral, a couple of other churches and the small museum can be reached with a moderate climb, and you can see the castle and convent from a distance.

    Admission to the site is 5 euro.

    Mystra Convent of Pentanassa Metropolis Cathedral St. Theodoro Manuscript in Museum
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    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

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Sparta Hotels

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  • Hotel Pyrgos Mystra

    3 Manousaki str., Mystras, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Menelaion Hotel

    91 K. Paleologou Avenue, Sparta, 231 00, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Lakonia Hotel

    K. Palaiologou 89, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Dioscouri Hotel

    Lycourgou 182 & Atridon Street, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Maniatis

    I really liked the Maniatis. The rooms were somewhat small, but comfortable and spotless, and the...

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  • Hotel Cecil Sparta

    Palaeologou 125, Sparta, Greece

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Apollon Hotel

    84 Thermopylon Street, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Lida

    Ananiou and Atreidon, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Sparta Inn

    109 Thermopilon Str., Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Sparta Restaurants

  • by koskyr Written Jul 24, 2008

    Well this is the place to eat real greek food with real and pure materials!The food is mediteranian style with local touch.The olive oil is from the owner's olive trees in the closeby village Theologos.The vegetables are from the villages nearby and the bread is traditionally made!!!Some of the best known foods are "hoirini krasati"which is pork cooked in wine with olives and orange,"kolokythokorfades"(the best greens i ever tasted)and many many other options!
    This little taverna has an old roustic style inside and a beautiful garden with olive tree and flowers outside!
    When you finish your delicious lunch or dinner the owner always gives to the costumers traditionall deserts or fruits for free!!!!
    The most important the prices are really low!!!
    I enjoyed so much there!I hope you'll do too!!!!!

    Favorite Dish: My favourite foods were so many....some of them are "mosxari kokkinisto"(beef with tomato sause),"hoirini krasati","fasolakia","kolokythokorfades","gemista"and all these with feta cheese!!!!!!

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    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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