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    Mystras in Greece is an archaeological site close to Sparti, in the region of Laconia. The Castle Town of Mystras was very strong in the Byzantine times and actually in the last decades of the Byzantine period, this was the second most important town after Constantinople. On top of the castle hill, there was the Palace of the Despots, while Mystras Greece is mostly famous for its several Byzantine churches with the interesting architecture and the valuable frescoes. Below the Medieval Castle, a new village has been constructed, where many traditional accommodation is found. The region around is crossed by many trekking paths, leading to beautiful spots.

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    Travel guide to Mystras, Greece

    The Byzantine Castle of Mystras is geographically located on the southern side of Peloponnese, close to Sparti Town. The Castle is actually an old town surrounded by Byzantine walls and with an imposing palace on top of the hill. Most of all this place is famous for its Byzantine churches with the impressive frescoes inside. At the foot of the hill is the modern village of Mystras, with traditional architecture and nice squares. Holidays in Mystras can be combined with visits to lovely close destinations, like Monemvasia and Gythio.

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    Hotels in Mystras

    The village of Mystras Greece is small but has a good selection of accommodations, only a short walking distance from the Castle. Few stone guesthouses are available, with facilities ranging from simple to near luxury. Many traditional studios, self-catering apartments and rooms are found in close villages.

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    Mystras Palace of the Despots

    The archaeological site of Mystras Greece is located 5 km from the town of Sparta, in Laconia Peloponnese, mainland Greece. This is one of the most important sites in Greece and includes well-preserved Byzantine churches, the remains of a Palace and strong walls. The most famous churches are Agios Demetrios, where Konstantinos Paleologos, the last Byzantine Emperor was crowned, and Agioi Theodoroi with beautiful frescoes.

    Today the Palace of Mystras and some churches are under restoration process. In the courtyard of Agios Demetrios, you can visit the Archaeological Museum with many Byzantine and ecclesiastical exhibits. In 1989, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. Things to do in the region include hiking and cycling.

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