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Mystras, Sparta

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#1 of 23 in Historic Sites in Laconia Region
Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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Uninhabited for nearly 200 years, Mystras is a fortified town with a long history. In 1249, William of Villehardouin commissioned the castle to be built atop a large hill that overlooked the town. For many years, the castle passed hands as the town fell victim to siege after siege by various ancient civilizations. Despite a revolving ownership, the town often played a central political and cultural role, from acting as the seat of the Byzantine military governor to being the capital of the Despotate of Morea. Wander through the ruins of the ancient city, and enjoy the views of Sparta below. Use our Sparta online vacation planner to add Mystras and other attractions to your Sparta vacation plans.
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  • We arrived before the 8:30 AM opening, as this UNESCO site is only 7 km from our Sparti hotel. After paying $13 each, we began the torturous climb up and down the irregular cobbled path of this... 
    We arrived before the 8:30 AM opening, as this UNESCO site is only 7 km from our Sparti hotel. After paying $13 each, we began the torturous climb up and down the irregular cobbled path of this...  more »
  • +306974712849 Dimitis is an archeologist and certified guide who can guide you in Mystras and Sparta. Nice views, interesting history told buy the Byzantine churches and fortifications 
    +306974712849 Dimitis is an archeologist and certified guide who can guide you in Mystras and Sparta. Nice views, interesting history told buy the Byzantine churches and fortifications  more »

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