Despot's Palace

Mystras, Greece

The Palace of the Despots dominates the Upper Town of Mystra. It is a great complex of buildings belonging to different times of construction. They started to be built by the Franks, possibly by Guillaume de Villehardouin, and were completed by the Byzantines (the Despot was usually a son or brother of the Emperor). 

These palace constitutes a great example of the Byzantine architecture. The whole building complex is L-shaped and has been well-preserved until our days. The palace has four constructions. Some of them have 4 storeys, while others are two-storey mansions. The first building was the residence of the noblemen and the second one was the throne hall.

The Despot used to live in the fourth building, a four-storey construction dating from 1350-1400. The fifth building, built in the 15th century, was the palace of the Paleologos family. All buildings have numerous arches, chambers, attics and cellars. The exterior area is quite austere.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Greece

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Tobi Rückner (2 months ago)
Nice Ancient Place. Palace is for the moment under reconstruction.
Abz Al (4 months ago)
A beautiful archaeological treat in the heart of mystra
Konstantinos Kontogiannis (4 months ago)
It's a magical place, I hope it opens soon for the public.
BARTOSZ R (5 months ago)
I would like to give 5 stars but it's under restoration (apparently neverending) so no access inside.
Didem Alparslan (7 months ago)
Wonderful ... Just be aware of the snakes :)
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