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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.
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