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Mystras

Address: Sparta 23100, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Sparta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 248 Reviews
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural

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Seattle
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I am a Mistra historian. This is my emotional home. Unfortunately I have become lame in my 70s & it is a difficult place to walk. People with walking issues should be warned.

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14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The mistras site is famous A lot of history behind it in relation to Byzantine Era The size of the site is very big for Greek standards However i must say i was a bit disappointed as most of the ruins where in bad condition and the long walk under high sun made it all worse If properly restored will... More 

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Hobart
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70 reviews 70 reviews
5 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Fascinating ruined Byzantine city, not as crowded as many of the other historic sites in Greece and it is easier to immerse yourself in the history. The monastery, still in use, is a must see.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The guidebooks all talk at great length about the Byzantine Churches of Mystras. What they don't say is that the Churches of Mystras, awe inspiring as they are, are only a tiny part of this amazing fortified city. We paid only a flying visit here, on our way to Kardamyli and we were blown away by the sheer scale of... More 

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Isle of Man
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went for the second time this year - the first time was an excursion on a package holiday and we didn't have long enough to see everything we wanted to. We've wanted to go back ever since. This time we were on our own and could spend as long as we wanted, the whole afternoon in fact, and even... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

As part of our visit to Sparta, we spent three hours exploring the ancient hillside town of Mystras. The town overlooks the wide plain on which Sparta was located. Although one can become weary of visiting ancient ruins, Mystras offers something quite different. First is the magnificent location high on a hill. Then there is the variety of buildings in... More 

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Cambridge UK
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

very extensive remains stretch up the steep hillside for hundreds of yards. Mainly in ruins, though some parts appear to be being restored, the settlement reaches right up to the citadel at the top. Several churches remain intact and contain fine frescoes; some are locked, others require legs and shoulders to be covered With lots of steps and steepish slopes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We arrived here early in the morning as part of the Cosmos tour. It was drizzling and there was cloud cover. it was incredible to know that people actually lived so high up in this mountain castle and to build it was a miracle indeed. The structures are fairly well preserved but the signage was bad from the top. I... More 

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Dubai
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We visited Mystras at the first day of our vacation in Sparta. This was a very good start. We started at the bottom when all the way up with 2 small children. We started at 930 and it took us the entire morning. A must go!

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We visited Mystras in a thunder storm and between rain fall we started at the castle which gives you breathtaking views and a good feel of the size of the place. We took our car down and visited the rest and despite the bad weather had a very good visit, liked the old churches and buildings you could visit. The... More 

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