Medieval Monemvasia

Written by Pieter Jan on Sep 25, 2019 — 2 min read

At: Monemvasia, Western Peloponnesos, Greece

Today, the weather was its usual Greek self again. Not a smidgen of thunderstorm in sight, only deep blue skies and a little breeze. We took the day off to visit Monemvasia, a fortified town on a big rock that is connected to the mainland by a bridge only.

Monemvasia was settled in the 6th century, and the castle-city became a port of extreme strategic importance and prominent trade hub in the Byzantine Empire. As such, it also became a coveted prize for conquerors and pirates. So everyone fortified the shit out of it. They also built no less than 26 churches to make sure the various gods and saints would certainly be on their side. Some of those churches were converted into mosques after the Ottomans took over.

All this history gives Monemvasia very diverse and cosmopolitan architecture that we enjoyed very much climbing through.

Oh yes, if you need a tip for eating: Voltes near the entrance of the town is a delightful mezze bar.

Perfect place for spotting pirates
Perfect place for spotting pirates
No one is getting in here, only tourists
No one is getting in here, only tourists
Downtown Monevasia
Downtown Monevasia
Taking a rest on the way up
Taking a rest on the way up
Look kids, a monohull!
Look kids, a monohull!
Sunset on the Agia Sophia
Sunset on the Agia Sophia
What arcane rituals are performed here?
What arcane rituals are performed here?
Three in a row
Three in a row
Let's conquer THAT land
Let's conquer THAT land
Bell tower of one of the 26 churches
Bell tower of one of the 26 churches
Too deep to take a dive
Too deep to take a dive