Monemvasia, a romantic destination
Byzantine castle. A destination for the romantic, charming Monemvasia enchants visitors. The imposing walls protect the beauty, the old mansions, the cobbled streets and churches.
Entering the rock from the only entrance – «only orders» from where the name of the town Monemvasia – begins the journey to the past, from the 6th century until today. Entering the castle, a small alley on your left takes you to the home of the poet John Ritsos, out of which there is a bust.
Walking along the main road right and left will find and admire the shops, selling from art objects to impressive jewelry, clothes, shoes and of course traditional products.
The road will lead you to the church of Christ hauled, with the cannon feature outside. Dedicated to Christ drawn (pulled) in martyrdom, the church houses some rare Byzantine icons and the main feature is the complete lack of frescoes.
You will also see and admire the historic listed building from the 16th century, which houses the Archaeological Collection of Monemvasia, and discover the 40 churches, hidden in every corner of the village.
Going for the upper city, the so-called “Goulas” worth stopping to admire the view of the castle from above.
The stone buildings with roofs of tiles compose a city – painting.
At the highest point of the rock there is the church of St. Sophia, the most impressive building of the upper town, built in the 12th century and is one of the most important temples of the Middle Byzantine period in the Peloponnese.