Churches in Mystras
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 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.
The Monastery of our Lady Perivleptos has fine wall paintings made in the late 14th century. The catholicon (main church of the monastery) has cross-in-square style.
The church of our Lady Hodegetria, meaning the "Leader of the Way", was built in 1310. Its decoration includes wall paintings that represent the healing of the blind man, the wedding in Kana and other scenes from the Bible. The grave of Emmanuel Paleologos is found in this chapel.
The Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa has an impressive katholicon (main church) and a tall bell tower. Its fine frescoes date from the 14th century.
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