Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Odyssey: Part 6 Monemvasia The Fortress

The road to the fortress.
1,150 feet above the sea is the oldest part of Monemvasia. It is deserted today, but once it was a great fortress. In medieval times it was the most densely populated part of the island. We hiked the rock paved road to the tower gate and entered the remains of the 6th century city.

The fortress wall overlooking the lower village.

The remains of the buildings.

We found these odd shaped homes everywhere.

The crowning jewel of Monemvasia sits at the edge of the mountain fortress.

The church of Agia Sofia.

This beautifully preserved church is amazing. It is perched near the side of the mountain rock. We explored the inside of it and found faded frescoes dating back to the 14th century.  You can feel the history of this place inside these walls where thousands have worshipped over the centuries.

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