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Mystras in Greece is an archaeological site located on Mt. Taygetos, 5 km from the town of Sparta, in the region of Laconia. It was built around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince William of Villehardouin. The Castle Town of Mystras was in the Byzantine times the second most important town after Constantinople, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries. In the town the last Byzantine emperor was crowned.
The town remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period lasting from the mid-15th century until the Greek War of Independence and the proclamation of the First Hellenic Republic in 1822.
The Castle is actually an old town surrounded by Byzantine walls and with an imposing palace on top of the hill.
From the old metropolis remained today abandoned ruins spread almost all over the steep mountain slope, ruins of houses, palaces, monasteries and churches, most dating from between 1271 and 1460

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