despotate of mystra

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The Castle City of Mystras / The temple of Peribleptos:

The temple of Peribleptos devoted to the Holy Virgin was built in the 14th century. It was founded by the first Despotes of Mystras, Manuel Katakouzenos and his wife Isabella de Lusignan.

The frescoes were executed in the third quarter of the 14th century and they are the work of four painters. These frescoes are also regarded as the most important group of the post-Byzantine period, since similar groups have not been found, or survived, in the capital of Byzantium, Constantinople (Istanbul). The artistry and unity of the representations are of high artistic value.

It should be noted that the churches of Mystra are still in function as places of religious worship, so please be respectful when inside. It should go without saying that flash photography is absolutely prohibited.

The Castle City of Mystras / The church of Hagia Sofia:

Hagia Sophia was also founded by the first Despotes of Mystras, Manuel Katakouzenos and it was initially devoted to the “Lifegiving Christ” (Ζωοδότης Χριστός). The frescoes were executed in the 14th century, while some of the marble mosaics, and reliefs date back to the 12th century. The church was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman rule and this is also why most of the frescoes haven’t survived.

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The Castle City of Mystras / The church of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was also founded by the first Despotes of Mystras, Manuel Katakouzenos and it was initially devoted to the “Lifegiving Christ” (Ζωοδότης Χριστός).The church was part of a wider monastic complex.

The frescoes were executed in the 14th century, while some of the marble mosaics, columns, and reliefs date back to the 12th century. The church was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman rule and this is also why most of the frescoes haven’t survived.

Note: I will also add some information about the architecture in this post later.