Ruins of Mystras

In the upper city of Mistra one of the most significant monuments is the Palace of the Despot. It is a rare example of civic Byzantine architecture. It is built on a flat expanse overlooking the Evrotas valley.

The palace of the Despot (13th-15th C.) has a great hall (10m/33ft by 36m/118ft), beautiful loggia looking out on to the Evrotas plain and an imposing facade, on which the projecting throne recess and remains of Flamboyant window decoration can still be seen.

To the west of the Palace is the fortified Nauplia Gate, and higher up the church of Ayía Sofía (1350), from which the castle can be reached (fine views). Near Ayía Sofía is the upper entrance to the site.
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