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Monemvasia (Gr: Μονεμβασία), or Monebassia is a well-known 13th century Byzantine fortified village located off the east coast of the Peloponnese in the prefecture of Laconia, Greece. It is of great historical importance to the church, since within its fortress walls there remain many Byzantine churches, monumental buildings and structures and old icons of historical importance. The name of this town is derived from two Greek words, mone and emvassia meaning a "single entrance."; a single vaulted gate to the walled community within. On the top of the hillside, is the 13th century "Agia Sophia", which is similar in style to the UNESCO protected Byzantine church of Dafni.

History of the area

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Byzantine Church within Monemvasia

Panagia Chrysafitissa

The Church of Panagia Chrysafitissa is located near the edge of the Monemvasia town. It was constructed in the 17th century and is still in use today. The churchyard is the only open space there and it is not very large. A part of the church-building has a dome-shaped roof. The most remarkable thing about the church is that its building looks spotlessly clean.

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