Unidentified Monument

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/01/01/14/137
Level Item
Place Mystras
Dates 1890?
Creator Weir Schultz, Mr Robert
Barnsley, Mr Sidney Howard
Scope and Content Rubbing- Sculpture (part of carved relief). The drawing was found in the Perivleptos rubbings folder. It is annotated in red crayon: 'Mistras-Where I don't know'.
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.