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This is a 14th century church of Saint Christopher (in Greek: Άγιος Χριστόφορος) on the lower town of the fortified Byzantine city of Mystras, one of the last great settlements of the Byzantine Empire. Mystras was the last centre of Byzantine scholarship; the Neoplatonist philosopher George Gemistos Plethon lived there until his death in 1452. He and other scholars based in Mystras influenced the Italian Renaissance, especially after he accompanied the emperor John VIII Palaiologos to Florence in 1439.
The last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos, was despot at Mystras before he came to the throne. Demetrius Palaeologus the last despot of Morea, surrendered the city to the Ottoman emperor Mehmed II in 1460, only seven years after Constantinople has fallen and the last Byzantine emperor was dead.
Saint Christopher little church in Mystras, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peloponnese, Greece, Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 28 mm, 320 sec at f/ 11, ISO 400
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