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Mystras, Mystras

Tel: 27310 83377's insider take:

After Byzantium fell to the Turks in 1453, Mystras was the last capital of the great empire, filled with palaces, churches, and monasteries. Now it's a ghost town. Only a tiny community of nuns lives here, housed in the Pantanassa monastery (you can buy their embroidery). Spend a haunting afternoon poking about the ruins here—it's likely you'll see only a handful of other people. All Mystras sites open daily. Nov–Apr: 8:30–3, May–Oct: 8–7; 5 Euros.

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