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History of Monemvasia

Submitted by anastasiaargitis on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 22:09.

Monemvasia town and fortress was established around 6th century AD. The town was founded in 583 by people seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece.

Monemvasia got past back and forth between several parties:

  • It was a Byzantine town that existed continuously under the domain of the Empire until 1460
  • It was then sold to the Pope by the Despot of Morea Thomas Palaiologos
  • In 1464 the Pope sold it to Venice because the Papal State was not able to protect the city in the upcoming Turkish-Venetian war.
  • It was successively governed by Venetians and Ottomans in intervals.

    The town was liberated from Ottoman rule on August 1, 1821 by Tzannetakis Grigorakis who entered the town with his private army, on his own expenses, during the Greek War of Independence.

    In 1971, Monemvassia became linked with the rest of the outside world through a bridge on the western side that connects to GR-86.

    In more recent history, Monemvasia has seen a resurgence in importance with increasing numbers of tourists visiting the site and the region. The medieval buildings have been restored, many of them converted to hotels providing a lovely romantic atmosphere, ideal for couples that want to get away for a weekend.

    Region: Peloponnese

    Place: gerakas, monemvasia

    You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments

See also

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Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

Plan a trip now

Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.

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