Mystras: Palace Ruins seen from Pantanassa Church

Department Archive
Collection BSA SPHS Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/0338.1593
Level Item
Description Film negative, approximately half plate size, an original negative.
Dimensions 16.5 x 12.5 cm
Place Palace of the Despots
Dates Latest 1897
Donor/Creator Leaf, Mr Walter
Scope and Content The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Mistra: ruins seen from Pantanassa".
Notes Unknown date, but based on numerous images donated by Walter Leaf that were catalogued SPHS 1502 to 1608 that appeared in the 1897 slide catalogue in the Journal of Hellenic Studies, it probably dates no later than 1897. Certainly no later than 1907.
Further information Mistras, one of the most important Medieval cities of Morea, lies four miles north-west of present-day Sparta on the summit of a Taygetos hill. The first building to be erected in the location by William II Villehardouin, the Frankish Prince of Achaea was the castle (1249). Soon, a settlement was established outside the citadel - most of the churches and chapels stand outside it too. After the recapture of Morea by the Byzantines in 1262 Mistras became the headquarters of the Byzantine general and, later, the seat of the Lakedaimonian bishopic. During the 14th c. it was the capital of the Despotate of Mistras and flourished under the Kantakouzenoi and the Palaiologoi reign until its fall to the Turks in 1460.
Related records [BRF/02/01/14/032], Palace of the Despots, 1888-1890
Reference 1907 JHS 27: 3rd accession to 1904 slide catalogue. lxxiv.SPHS 1593. Link to article
1908 JHS 28: 4th accession to 1904 slide catalogue. lxxxiii.SPHS 1593. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 45.SPHS 1593. Link to article
1913 JHS 33: Catalogue of Slides. 74.SPHS 1593. Link to article