THE CASTLE OF MYSTRAS
The small castle stands atop the hill, 240 metres above the central gate.
Being the funerary church of the castle town, EvangelistriBeing the funerary church of the castle town, Evangelistria is simpler, humbler, and more elegant than the nearby Mitropoli.a is simpler, humbler, and more elegant than the nearby Mitropoli.
The part of Mani known as "EksoMeria" (=outer side) may belong to both regions of Messenia and Laconia, though the people inhabiting the numerous villages and the virtually invisible traditional settlements are the inhabitants of Mani at heart this peculiar region of exquisite beauty defines them.
The new beginning for the creation of everything that the visitor encounters in every step they take on the streets, squares and neighbourhoods of modern Sparta, goes back to 1834, when under Otto's order and with the establishment of the plans of the Bavarian architect Staumfert, the rejuvenated Hippodamian Plan of urban layout was implemented again, complying with the architectural tendencies of the developed European countries of the early 19th century.
Apart from being a source of life, a resource of gigantic significance and a rare aquatic habitat for the region of Lacedaemon for thousands of years, the River Evrotas is above all a symbol of historical and natural continuity between ancient Sparta and the modern municipality of Sparti.