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Mystras (Greek: Μυστράς, Μυζηθράς Mizithras or Myzithras in the chronicle of Morea) also known as Mistra, Mystra and Mistras is a fortified town on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta in Morea, within the Prefecture of Laconia in the Region of the Peloponnesus. It lies approximately eight kilometres west of the modern town of Sparti and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Panagia Chrysafitissa

World Heritage Classification, UNESCO

  • Date of Inscription - 1989
  • Reference No. 511
  • Criteria: (ii), (iii) and (iv)
Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erectedin 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape.[1]


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