Agios Demetrios Cathedral

Mystras, Greece

One of the most important churches of Mystras is the Cathedral of Agios Demetrios, built in 1280- 1292. It is the oldest church in the city.

This church has a mixed architectural style: on the one hand it has a three-aisled basilica with a narthex and a bell tower, built in the 13th century on the ground floor, and on the other hand, the upper floor is a cross-in-square church, added in the first half of the 15th century. Its interior is decorated with wall paintings in many different styles. This is where the last Byzantine emperor, Constantinos Paleologos, was crowned in 1449.

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Unnamed Road, Mystras, Greece
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Founded: 1280-1292
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Caroline Kamarinos (11 months ago)
If there was ONE Place to go to in this area I would have to say THIS would be it!!! AMAZING!!!
BARTOSZ R (2 years ago)
Beautiful Cathedral with excellent museum inside.
BARTOSZ R (2 years ago)
Beautiful Cathedral with excellent museum inside.
Bruno Bilo' (4 years ago)
Sito archeologico fantastico. Faticoso ma vale ogni goccia di sudore
Roxane Glt (5 years ago)
quite a lot of climbing but you can buy cheap water bottles and the place is so beautiful! When at the top, the view is simple breathtaking.
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