Archaeological Site of Mystras



CountryGreece
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationPrefecture of Laconia, Region of the Peloponnesos
CoordinatesN37 4 50.016 E22 22 0.012
Inscription Date1989
Property (ha)54
Buffer Zone (ha)1,203
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number511
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/511
DescriptionMystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape.
StatusWorld Heritage Site