Villehardouin's Castle

Mystras, Greece

Mystras, the ‘wonder of the Morea’, developed down the hillside from the fortress built in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William II of Villehardouin, at the top of a 620 m high hill overlooking Sparta.

The Principality of Achaea was one of the three vassal states of the Latin Empire which replaced the Byzantine Empire after the capture of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. It became a vassal of the Kingdom of Thessalonica, along with the Duchy of Athens, until Thessalonica was captured by Theodore, the despot of Epirus, in 1224. After this, Achaea became for a while the dominant power in Greece.

The Franks surrendered the castle to the Byzantines in 1262, it was the centre of Byzantine power in southern Greece, first as the base of the military governor and from 1348 as the seat of the Despotate of Morea. Captured by the Turks in 1460, it was occupied thereafter by them and the Venetians.

Today impressive ruins of Villehardouin's Castle still remain.

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Founded: 1249
Category: Castles and fortifications in Greece

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Alexandros Lazaridis (21 months ago)
You need almost a day to see everything around. A very worthwhile historical place to visit.
Mike Lee (2 years ago)
Epic, great views and history. More info would be good.
Håvard Siegel Haukeberg (2 years ago)
Wow, what a view! Get you hiking shoes on and bring a bottle of water. This is a spectacular place with an amazing view. The ticket price is fairly high at 12€ per person, however it is a Unesco world heritage site.
Armando Feola (2 years ago)
Absolutely a "must see" during a trip in Peloponneso. The ruines are in top of a hill, and the wiev on the whole archaeological site is priceless
Shane R (2 years ago)
Majestic Views of Legend are Witnessed Here !!!!! The proverbial cherry on top of Mystras, the mighty ruins of an ancient castle overlooking the very heavens themselves. It's worth every effort to get here and then some... Enjoy :)
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