THE OLD CITY OF MYTRAS - GREECE
Suspended on the side of Taigetos Mountain, 5 km on the West side of the town of Sparta, the dead city of Mystras casts a silent gaze over the waters of Evrotas river. Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre 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, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. The beauty of the town remains unchanged. On the north part there are palaces and homes of the nobility and houses of the publicans and churches to the south. That was Pano Hora (the Highlands).