Greece's Mystras among CNN's top-10 medieval towns in the world

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Greece's Mystras among CNN's top-10 medieval towns in the worldSite linked to last Roman Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos

The town of Mystra in the Peloponnese was among CNN’s online travel edition 10 best medieval walled cities in the world according to the following report by Bruce Holmes where it is described as follows:

"Not every walled city is still inhabited. On Mount Taygetos near Sparta in the Peloponnese lies the archaeological treasure that is the abandoned city of Mystras, where the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos, was crowned in 1449.

Mystras was founded in 1249 by a Frankish crusader, William II of Villehardouin, but it soon came under Byzantine control and later fell to the Turks in 1460. Eventually, the inhabitants of Mystras gave up and moved away.

Among several religous sites at Mystras, the church of Our Lady Peribleptos is decorated with rare frescoes which are perfect examples of Byzantine art dating from the 14th century."

Read full report  here.

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