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Monemvassia: the medieval city

Monemvassia, a place of historical importance and unparalleled natural beauty, lies 95 km from Sparta, on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese.

The rock, on which the medieval city is built, is connected to the mainland by a single narrow land strip, from which the town’s name derives (from two Greek words, mone and emvassia, meaning “single entrance”).

The old city (lower city), untouched by time but still inhabited and alive, will amaze visitors with its unique architecture, its stone houses and mansions, Byzantine churches and defensive structures. A walk through the narrow, fit only for pedestrians, stone paths of the city will inspire you and take you back in Byzantine times, when Monemvassia was one of the most significant fortresses and commercial centers in the Peloponnese, as well as a place of historical battles.

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