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This is Sparta…

24.05.2018 in Travel

This is Sparta…     Sparta is a place blessed with rich history, unique nature and hospitable people. Laconia’s natural beauties and history unfold before the traveler’s eyes. Throughout the year, Sparta has offered a view into history and culture, mystical monasteries, strolls on magnificent mountains and a gastronomic journey of Laconia’s traditional dishes.   Reminiscent of a history park, Laconia’s capital is a place where the traveller can admire remnants of antiquity, amazing Byzantine monasteries, and all of which are surrounded by magnificent nature. This is Sparta. In the upper valley of Evrotas river, under the watchful eye of…

Mystras: the dwelling of the last Emperors

26.04.2018 in History

Mystras: the dwelling of the last Emperors     The fortified city of Mystras sprawled on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos in the vicinity of the modern city of Sparta. The early settlement was founded by the Frankish prince William II in 1249, forty-five years after the occupation of Constantinople by the Franks. The solid castle walls effectively made the Mystras town impregnable by land. However, the Byzantines captured Mystras in 1262 and in the 14th c. became the capital of the independent Despotate of the Morea (Peloponnese).   Under the Ottoman threat throughout the 15th c., the Byzantines…