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Mystras

Sparta 23100, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Sparta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We did arrive at Mystras after a long ride from Leonidion village and passing through awesome scenery and villages like Kosmas, Monastery Elionis and Sparta. Mystras is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece.The place is mystic with Byzantine ruins and yes you can walk inside the ancient castle. I recommend you ride to the top... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Mystras is an abandoned Byzantine city. It was the capital of the Despotate of Morea and the second city of the Byzantine Empire for much of its history. There's a lot to see and as it's on the side of a mountain the walking is hard work. So try and get there early or else the climb to the castle... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A unique site for anyone into history and the relation art / history / religion / culture. In the summer, visit early in the morning. By noon hit the bars, lunch at 2 PM then nap until 6.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Less known than Delphi, Olympia or Sparta because it doesn't belong to the Antique Greece, it is definitely a very nice Byzantine city to discover. Churches are still standing in good shape with magnificently preserved frescoes, the monastery is inhabited and the whole stroll is pleasant all the way to the top because you can really imagine the city. It... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Mystras is one of the best sights I have seen for the Byzantine empire in Greece! Overseen Lakonia, the area where Sparta is located, you can see the castles of Mystras, when your eyes meet the sky! Best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon, because mid day the sun in the summer canbe brutal! Nearby there is... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Loved it. History and Lots of wild flowers amongst the old monastery's and crumbling churches. Loads of photo possibilities for shutter bugs.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Located on the Taygetos heights this Byzantine fortified city features many archeological sites a few churches and a big monastery. The preserved frescos from 14th century deserve attention. I liked the variety of ruins, the quality of frescos but the most interesting think for me was walking around this huge site and admiring the combination of natural landscape and ruins.... More

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Antiparos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A must if you are in the area. I would easily visit it again. Beautiful views from the castle through unto Sparta and the nearby villages.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The fort and ancient city with the old churches is a must to see and visit. Great panoramic views from the top of the fort overlooking Mystras and Sparti. You can spend the whole day trekking through history.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

You pay €5 entry fee for adults but €3 for students or children, students need ID. Don't attempt this visit unless you have decent footwear, trainers or walking shoes are best. Oh and before you set off use the WC at the entrance point there isn't another one. If you want to go into the churches make sure you legs... More

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