The fortified Byzantine town of Mystras by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

The fortified Byzantine town of Mystras by 

Mystras is one of the last great settlements of the Byzantine Empire. Situated on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering.
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.
The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparta was built, approximately eight kilometres to the east.

You can see at the top hill the citadel, below that the “middle town” where there is the great monastery of Pantanassa (the big building with a big church), builded in 1428, the only monastery on the site still permanently inhabited by nuns.
Mystras, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peloponnese, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 45 mm, 125 sec at f/ 19, ISO 400
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  • Keala
    Keala10 months ago

    Outstanding shot and history! Well done!

  • Thanks a lot Keala!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicks10 months ago

    A wonderful image of this very historic and fascinating part of the world Konstantinos. The yellow Broome in the foreground really makes this capture !

  • Thank you very much Roy!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Keala
    Keala10 months ago

    Featured 7/15/14

  • Many thanks for the feature Keala!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • lorilee
    lorilee8 months ago


  • Thanks a lot Lorilee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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