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Uninhabited for nearly 200 years, Archaeological site of Mystra is a fortified town with a long history. In 1249, William of Villehardouin commissioned the castle to be built atop a large hill that overlooked the town. For many years, the castle passed hands as the town fell victim to siege after siege by various ancient civilizations. Despite a revolving ownership, the town often played a central political and cultural role, from acting as the seat of the Byzantine military governor to being the capital of the Despotate of Morea. Wander through the ruins of the ancient city, and enjoy the views of Sparta below. Use our Mystras online vacation planner to add Archaeological site of Mystra and other attractions to your Mystras vacation plans.
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Archaeological site of Mystra reviews
15 minutes the ticket office said… we went round to the second entrance near the castle and were gazing up to what looked a very long way off… 15 mins to the top Perhaps for mountain goats, it was...
15 minutes the ticket office said… we went round to the second entrance near the castle and were gazing up to what looked a very long way off… 15 mins to the top Perhaps for mountain goats, it was... more »
The site itself. It is amazing. We have visited many ancient sites and this is right up there with the best. I thought I'd just talk about our walk, as could not find much information about doing it..... more
The site itself. It is amazing. We have visited many ancient sites and this is right up there with the best. I thought I'd just talk about our walk, as could not find much information about doing it..... more »
Spread over 1400 meters up a steep hill, ancient Sparta always fascinates. We were there in off season so not so crowded with tourists, many churches of course, very interesting ruins.
Spread over 1400 meters up a steep hill, ancient Sparta always fascinates. We were there in off season so not so crowded with tourists, many churches of course, very interesting ruins. more »
Amazing place, so much history to explore... Nicely organised, the views are breathtaking, most of the monuments are open and in very good shape. The nature around this area (outside the archaeological site) is also perfect for hiking. Definitely will revisit. Keep in mind that in summer it gets hot (especially after 12) and everything is uphill, so come prepared with water, sunscreen...
Beautiful ancient site which is partly restored. Stunning views! Not recommended on very sunny and hot days as the walk between the buildings is mostly without shade. Tip: the museum is open, just push the door a little harder.
Get here early when they open (best parking) or late before they close, as it is very hot and the path up to the castle is steep and rocky. We started at the top and hiked up to the castle ruins, then down to the church. The lower level palace is closed for renovation. We did not see the many churches on the bottom level as it was too hot. Nice views, interesting site…but as with many sites in Greece not presented as well as it could have been. (Benches, water, docents, pamphlets all lacking)
I enjoyed this stop on our trip because it gave me a chance to take in the scenery from the surrounding countryside. If you enjoy history, hiking, and breathtaking views, you should stop here. Bring some good shoes for walking on steep trails and slippery rocks. Plus, I heard there are snakes.
An incredible archeological site, spread over a large hill. The remains are overall well preserved and the views of the valley unique and spectacular. This is a must place to visit. The paths are rocky but in good conditions so good trainers will suffice to walk around. The entrance ticket costs €6. There are two entrances, one at the bottom and one at the too, but once inside you can walk through the whole site.
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