Monemvasia looks like it has jumped out of the Medieval Era. The Old Town and the Castle of Monemvasia have been built literally on the slopes of a huge rock that stands into the sea. The Venetians used to call Monemvasia the Gibraltar of the East. The Old Town is actually the main sightseeing of Monemvasia. This is a fantastic Medieval town entirely carved on the slopes of rock, offering a breathtaking sea view from the highest spot. Many old mansions in Monemvasia Old Town are turned into boutique hotels, restaurants and shops today. Some beaches are found in close distance for a relaxing swim.
In this section, you can see the best Monemvasia 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 do in Monemvasia by category: villages, beaches, museums, and churches.
This nice church is dedicated to "Christ in Pain". It is located in the Castle of Monemvasia and it was built in the 13th century by Byzantine Emperor Andronicus.
The Byzantine church of Agia Sofia is located on the edge of a cliff and gives gorgeous view to the sea. It was built in the 12th century by Emperor Andronicus. When Monemvasia was occupied by the Venetians, it became a catholic cathedral and during the Turkish occupation, when their walls were painted with lime, it was used as a mosque.
Location: On the south eastern side of Peloponnese
Description: Kastro (or Palia Monemvasia) is actually the Old Town, built entirely inside a huge rock on the sea. A narrow pathway connects the rock with the mainland.
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