Aghios Nikolaos of the Fortress Town, Monemvasia, Greece

A giant rock floats above the Grecian waters of Palaia Monemvasia bay, but wait – it’s not just an ordinary rock blocking the soothing sight of the horizon over the bay.

Right at the Peloponnesian east coast, Monemvasia is an attraction for its location, history, and interesting ruins. The first thing you’ll notice is its 40 Byzantine churches erected all over the narrow streets of this Greek medieval fortress. The churches that still exist today are evidence of Monemvasia’s history dating back to the 6th century when it was under the possession of the Byzantines. It remained Byzantine territory for almost seven hundred years until it was colonized by the Franks in 1249. It was later returned to the Byzantines, leading to the creation of the Despotate of the Morea (or Mystras).

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