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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Alessio Lombardi (6 months ago)
In January 2024 this is still closed for restoration - seemingly been ongoing for a decade or more.
SirCotare (10 months ago)
It is currently being restored so we could not approach or enter. It is still a great view from either side.
Margarita Ibbott (DownshiftingPRO) (14 months ago)
In May 2023, the Palace was closed due to renovations. You can see it from above if you enter to see the castle ruins.
Nacho Boza (3 years ago)
Currently closed for renovations
Xristoforos Makrakis (3 years ago)
Amazing medieval palace built in the 13th century. It housed Byzantine Emperors after the sack of Constantinople from the Latins and also housed Despots from Morea after the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks.
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