Mystras is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Greece and has been declared as a world heritage monument. Mystras was a strong Byzantine town in the 13th century. After the modern town of Sparta was founded in the early 19th century, Mystras declined and was gradually abandoned. Today it is an important archaeological site and most sightseeing include Byzantine churches, some of which have been restored. There is also an Archaeological Museum and the Palace of the Despots on top of the hill. The region of Mystras has nice villages and hiking paths.
In this section, you can see the best Mystras Sightseeing but also things to see by location. Do not miss to also read about things to do.
You can also view all things to see in Mystras by category: villages, museums and churches.
This palace was the second most important palace of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople. It was the house of the Despot of Mystras and it is located on the highest spot of the site.
One of the most important churches of Mystras is the Cathedral of Agios Demetrios, founded in 1292 AD. This church has a mixed architectural style: on the one hand it has a three-aisled basilica with a narthex and a bell tower, built in the 13th century on the ground floor, and on the other hand, the upper floor is a cross-in-square church, added in the first half of the 15th century. Its interior is decorated with wall paintings in many different styles. This is where the last Byzantine emperor, Constantinos Paleologos, was crowned in 1449.
The Museum of Mystras hosts mostly Ecclesiastical items from the Byzantine period. It is found in the yard of Agios Demetrios Cathedral.
The Byzantine church of Agia Sophia dates from the mid-14th century. It has nice wall paintings and it is made of stone.
The church of Agioi Theodoroi was built in the 13th century and belongs to the octagonal type with lateral chapels. Its dome, based on eight props, is quite impressive.
Location: 230 km south west from Athens
Description: Mystras was the second most important town in the Byzantine times. Today it is an archaeological site with a strong castle and many beautiful churches.
Location: 5 km from Sparti, south eastern Peloponnese
Description: This is a picturesque village with stone houses, narrow paths and mansions with great view to the Byzantine Castle.
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