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Mystras (Mistras)

Mystras (Mistras)

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Mystras (Mistras) is a fortified town located on Mount Taygetos in Peloponnese, Greece. Not far from ancient Sparta, the history of Mystras dates back to the 13th century. Over the years, it was alternately occupied by the Byzantines, Turks and Venetians before being abandoned altogether 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 at the Pandanassa convent.

One of the highlights of Mystras is the Palace of Despots, which is located at the top of the ruins, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The palace has been undergoing extensive restoration. Another important stop is the 14th century Church of Agia Sofia, which features marble floors and well preserved frescoes. The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius dates back to the 13th century and is home to a small museum of exhibits from ancient and medieval times. The cathedral may be best known as the place where the last Byzantine emperor was crowned in 1449.

One of the best surviving churches in Mystras is the Pandanassa convent, where nuns sell handmade crafts and sometimes offer cool drinks to visitors. Nearby is the Perivleptos Monastery, which dates back to 1310 and contains the most complete set of frescoes in the town. Also of note are the Byzantine Laskaris Mansion, the Vrondohion Monastery and the Church of Agios Theodoroi.

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Peloponnese, Greece

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Day Trip to Mystras from Kalamata

Day Trip to Mystras from Kalamata

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Head out of Kalamata for the day to explore the fascinating town of Mystras. After pickup from your hotel or port in Kalamata, Kardamili, or Pylos Area (Costa Navarino) head towards the cave of Keadas and learn about its dark past. Then it's on to Mystras to visit key landmarks including the fortified walls and other ancient ruins while listening to engaging commentary from your tour guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Day Trip to Mystras from Kalamata (Price per Group)

Private Day Trip to Mystras from Kalamata (Price per Group)

Be the knight or princess of your childhood fairy tales in the Byzantine town of Mystras. Head out of Kalamata for the day to explore the fascinating town of Mystras. Enjoy the scenery during the transfer in the comfortable automobile. Perfect for those coming from a cruise ship! Get inside tips from a local. Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences. An ideal choice for families.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Mystras Half day tour from Neapoli or Elafonisos

Mystras Half day tour from Neapoli or Elafonisos

Starting from Neapoli or Elafonisos Port, passing through vast olive, orange and lemon groves next to the riverbank of the mythical Evrotas river, smelling the summer aromas of the area, you will see on the foot of Taygetos Mountain a hill on which the Byzantine Town of Mystras is located. Mystras is an exceptional example of a well preserved fortified Byzantine city After your visit to Mystras enjoy a meal of local traditional cuisine in a restaurant in Parori, a peaceful village full of old-aged tall trees and running waters on the foot of Mystras hill. • English-speaking guide. • A guided tour of Mystras. • Amazing landscape. • Breathtaking views. • A visit of historical and architectural interest. • A meal to a peaceful place.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$527.81
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Mystras Private Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Mystras Private Day Trip from Costa Navarino

The mountaintop city of Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage site and among the most impressive Byzantine ruins in Greece. This private full-day tour from Costa Navarino offers ample time to explore the ruins, including the Kástro, Ayía Sofía church, and the Despots’ Palace. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Glorious Sparta & Mystras Private Sightseeing

Glorious Sparta & Mystras Private Sightseeing

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Enjoy a day at the famous Sparta whose attitude of life has inspired generations throughout the centuries! Visit Mystras, the second most significant town during the Byzantine Empire!
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.56
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Mystras (Mistras) hours of operation: Open daily 8am-8pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.