But if our Gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are lost. In whom the god of this world, Satan, has blinded their minds incase the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine into their minds. (Sandy’s addition of Satan and a little different.) Read what Paul says to the Corinthians…

2 Corinthians 4 : 3,4.

The town of Mystras was founded in 13th Century by the Franks, after the conquest of Constantinople by the crusades and it soon passed to the Byzantines and after 1348, it became the seat of the Despots of Morea. It attracted scholars and artists from Italy, Serbia and Constantinople.

Mystra has a main thoroughfare called the Royal, around this developed a network of streets. Please press on any picture either to see small details I saw or more of the picture. (I like taking pictures into the shade and discovering more.)

The cerise -pink of bouncing bess / saponaria officinalis has made itself at home in the ruins.
Under and over
stone work of this UNESCO archaeological site.
Mystra occupies a panoramic site on the spur of the Taygetos range.
One is either walking up or down in a town of churches,monastries, palaces and houses.

There is a museum. Let’s look at a few things found in Mystra

Under this exhibit is written.
Manuscript paper codex 5
The New Testament work of the scribe Sophronios.
‘The considerable book production in the area of Mystras between the 13th and 15th century
reinforces the hypothesis that the codex was penned in a local scriptorium.’
(Codex= historical ancestor of the modern book.)
This is what I read on the plaque next to this.
Marble plaque of the Ascension of Alexander the Great.
Peribleptos second half of 14th century. Then it goes on…
‘Alexander drives his chariot borne by winged griffin’s attired in the formal raiment of the Byzantine Emperor.
He is represented as a symbol of the ecumenical sovereign, ready to conquer even the heavens.’

‘Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality’ says one of my favourite Byzantine mystics. I did this when a child ; I do it now in my most creative moments of my life.

Niko Kazantzakis 1883-1957 A Greek writer. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature.
Here he is up on a wall.
Niko Kazantzakis 1883-1957.

2 thoughts on “Mystras

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: