Mystras, Sparta

Uninhabited for nearly 200 years, Mystras is a fortified town with a long history. In 1249, William of Villehardouin commissioned the castle to be built atop a large hill that overlooked the town. For many years, the castle passed hands as the town fell victim to siege after siege by various ancient civilizations. Despite a revolving ownership, the town often played a central political and cultural role, from acting as the seat of the Byzantine military governor to being the capital of the Despotate of Morea. Wander through the ruins of the ancient city, and enjoy the views of Sparta below. Use our Sparta online vacation planner to add Mystras and other attractions to your Sparta vacation plans.
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  • Went to Sparta with my sister to support her in the Spartan race. After our last day in Sparta we stopped at Mystras on our way to Pireaus. It was rainy and windy, not an ideal day, but we loved it - ...  more »
  • Mystras is a medieval now deserted town in the mountains that gives an instructive view of medieval life there. A lot is still standing or restored. Big climb over KEI-IGE kaden up but definitely worth it!.
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