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Mystras, Sparta

Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • I must disagree with some of my fellow reviewers and say that this is an absolute must-see place when in Laconia. Justifiably a UNESCO world heritage site, this is one of the most fascinating places.....  more »
  • Great piece of history preserved and worthy of visit, but not even remotely accessible. There are no build walkways, so you’ll be just walking in nature. If you wish to go to the very top for some...  more »
  • I wasn't all that impressed with Mystras. It is not an ancient Greek site, it is basically a Byzantine site. The last place to hold out against the conquering Ottomans. Quite a few churches, and...  more »

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