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Despot's Palace | Mystras | The Byzantine Beauty

Updated: Apr 7

The Despot's Palace of Mystras, which served as the residence of the Governor, the residence of the Despots and an offices' building, is situated above the square of Ano Chora.

Palace of Mystras

Photo by: Aeleftherios, Mystras palace, CC BY-SA 3.0


It is an L-shaped building of  four construction phases.


The main part (two-story structure and tower) was built by the Franks. The first extension of another two-story structure was built during the Byzantine years. The second extension of another two-story structure was built in the period of Manuel Kantakouzinos with Venetian style. The third extension of a three-story structure was built in the period of Manuel Paleologos with western and Byzantine style.


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