MYSTRAS - MONEMVASIA


Tours in Mystras

The history of Mystras dates to the 13th century. In 1249 the ruler of Frankish Principate of Achaea William II of Villehardouin built a fortess. In 1262 it came under byzantine control. In the middle of 14th century it became the seat of Despotate of Moreas. Over the years, it was alternately occupied by Turks and Venetians before being abandoned in the 1830s. In 1989, the ruins of Mystras, including the fortress, palace, churches and monasteries, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The only remaining inhabitants of the town are the nuns in the Pandanassa convent. In this tour we will visit many byzantine churches and the palace of Despots. A visit to the Archaeological Museum will help you get a deep insight into the rich history of the area.

Mystras Tours Highlights
-Palace of Despots
-Byzantine churches...Cathedral of Agios Demetrios , Church of Agioi Theodori, Church of Agia Sofia, Church of Panagia Hodegetria,Church of Panagia Pantanassa, Monastery of Panagia Perivleptos
-Archeological Museum
-Mystra's lovely picturesque village.

Tours in Monemvasia

Monemvasia is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. The ruins include the defensive structures and many Byzantie churches which are still remain from the medieval period. The town's name came from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance". Monemvasia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock. The rock is 300 m tall and 1.8 km long. The town and fortress were founded in 583 by inhabitants of the mainland seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece. From the 10th century AD, the town developed into an important trade and maritime centre. The fortress withstood the Arab and Norman invasions and conquests in 1147. After the fall of Constantinople, it remained the only stronghold of the Byzantine Empire not conquered by the Ottomans. The surviving wealth of monuments in the city stands today as a stalwart witness of the great past. Today, the town became a popular destination with increasing numbers of tourists visiting the site and the region. The medieval buildings have been restored, many of them converted to hotels. In this tour we are going to visit places like the medieval town and the old mosque.

Monemvasia Tours Highlights
-Medieval town
-Old mosque

Mystra
Mystra is one of the best preserved Byzantine fortress cities located on top of Mt Taygetus, 5 km outside Sparta. The “Wonder of the Morea” was built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 1249 by William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832 leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins standing in a beautiful landscape. The complex of the ruins of Mystras offers the image of a city with a brilliant destiny that was deserted by men and threatened by the return of encroaching vegetation which is splitting the walls and covering the slopes, thus destroying here and there fragile traces of history. In 1989 the ruins including the fortress palace , churches and monasteries were named a UnescoWorld Heritage Site!
Visit the mystical tower of Mystras and let yourself be captivated by this destination's medieval splendour. Wander around the castle city and sense through the silence the citys sheer grandeur.
Stroll leisurely through the “Kastro” ( the Frankish Castle ) the Upper Town and Lower Town whose architecture creates a dreamy setting. With your minds eyes visualize Frankish princes and princesses living in palatial mansions;foreign delegations arriving bearing gifts and peasant pilgrims or traders filling the bustling streets.

Monemvasia
Monemvasia in Greece is one of the most romantic places in the country. A medieval castle Town exclusively carved on the slopes of a rock. This fantastic place was originally constructed in the Medieval Ages and has been continuously inhabited since then.
A World Cultural Heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveller in the Peloponnese and the whole of Greece it has a unique magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered through out the old town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos . Today most of the old mansions have been converted into guesthouses and boutique hotels. Authentic tavernas, fabulous restaurants and cosy coffee shops also add to the spark of Monemvasia.
Outside the Rock, there is a new modern town with many tourist facilities. Built in the shadow of the Rock on which the Medieval fortress stands, the new town of Monemvasia has became a lively tourist destination in its own right. A large variety of hotels restaurants and coffee bars attract thousands of visitors all year round .
Both within and around Monemvasia are a number of excellent clean,crystal clear beaches.
Activity level: Moderate
Cultural exposure: 10/10
Duration: Full day
Type: Ancient History, Sightseeing, Walking, Full Day
Mystras Entrance Ticket: Full 5€, Reduced 3€

Free admission days : 6 March, 5 June , 18 April, 18 May, the last weekend of September annually, Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March, first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September and on 27 September International Tourism Day.

Mystras is open: In winter: 8:00am to 3:00pm | In Summer: 8:00am to 8:00pm

Closed on Holidays: Jan 1st, March 25th, May 1st, Oct 28th.
Christmas and Boxing Day: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Good Friday: open from 12noon to 3:00pm.
Holy Saturday: open from 8:30am to 3:00pm
Easter Monday: open from 08:30am to 3:00pm.
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