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Palea Monemvasia village Monemvasia: Palea Monemvasia (Kastro Monemvasias) is the name of the castle, as well as the surrounding areas that constitutes this town. This place has a Medieval charm that attracts visitors from different parts of the world. During the 6th century AD, when the Avarans invaded Greece, the Laconians discovered this piece of land which they called Monemvasia, making reference to the single entrance that was available. They built the castle for protection purposes.
It was especially useful in these terms, as the rock that lays on was separated from the surrounding land by a violent earthquake occurred two centuries before. Apart from this castle, the Laconians built a wooden drawbridge and fortified the walls. Regarding the way of getting to the castle of Palaia Monemvasia, in case of coming by car, it is possible to leave it right outside the entrance.
However, it can also be left in the area of Nea Monemvasia, and then walk to the castle, which constitutes a stroll of about 20 minutes. There is also a quite frequent mini-bus service. When it comes to the available activities of Palea Monemvasia, apart from experiencing the charm of the old untouched constructions that still remain in the area, there are bars and restaurants looking over the sea, which offer great views of the dawn and the sunset.
The many antique churches, like Agia Sofia, dating from the 12th century, Agios Nikolaos, Panagia Chrissafitissa, and Panagia Myrtidiotissa, also known as Panagia Ktitikia, combine Byzantine and Venetian elements and also worth a visit when in Palaia Monemvasia. Finally, the largest and most important church is the 13th century cathedral of Christ Elkomenos.
The traditional Hotel Ardamis is located in the more significant structure of the fort of Monemvasia. It contains the one and only castle of the fort, a room with 14-meter high siling and 7 meter wide windows. In the living room of one of the suites there is a well 800 years old with a marble opening, modified to resemble a small table with glass and light, whose exact replica of the opening is found in the museum of Constantinople along with a picture of the fort. A spectacular balcony of 100 square meters hanging above the sea with view of the vast blue horizon and the entire fort.
A mere 10-minute walk or 800 meters from the entry gate of Monemvasia, the majestic walled Byzantine citadel, Lazareto Hotel combines the perfect location for both historic tours of the castle area as well as simple relaxation in the hotel gardens or terraces overlooking the surrounding sea.
Set in the Medieval fortress of Monemvasia, Moni Emvasis Luxury Suites is a complex of private, stone-built suites enjoying panoramic views over the sea. It has a restaurant and provides free Wi-Fi throughout. Each with a furnished balcony, Moni Emvasis Luxury Suites follow the local architectural style featuring arched walls and wooden beamed ceilings. They come with a flat-screen, satellite TV, living area with a fireplace and mini-bar. In the bathroom, you will find bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries.
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