A panoramic shot of Mystras, near the modern city of Sparti in Laconia Province. Villehardouin's Castle and small palace surmounts the hilltop (upper right corner of photo). Built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 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.
Link to Wikipedia's map PLAN OF MYSTRAS
Link to UNESCO website: Archaeological Site of Mystras.
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