Category Archives: Byzantine Travel

Mystras

The city of Mystras, the historic place where the last Byzantine emperor was crowned, now sits abandoned on the steep slopes of the Taygetus Mountains that tower over the Laconian plain. The ruins that remain transport visitors through a breathtaking, … Continue reading

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Holidaying in Amalfi and finding Byzantium

When we think of the Amalfi coast most will think of spectacularly beautiful, and fashionable towns clinging to precipitous rock faces, expensive hotels, and maybe even the odd film star walking the streets of Amalfi or Positano. Made popular as … Continue reading

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In Bulgaria, Roman Grandeur East of Italy

The Balkans define the meeting of East and West, between what we know as the Western Roman Empire and the so-called Byzantine Empire. The fault line of history and different religious orthodoxies, A true melting pot of cultures which has … Continue reading

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West Meets East: Looking for Byzantium in Italy

If you want a change from reports of British cycling success in the Tour de France (well done Wiggo!) or the Olympics, then you could follow the exploits of PhD student Frank McGough as he tours round Italy this summer … Continue reading

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Church of Saint Georgi (George), Kurbinovo, Prespa, Republic of Macedonia

I made a recent visit to beautiful Lake Ohrid to walk parts of the Via Egnatia and to see as many of the famous churches and icons as possible. A local guide recommended a visit to one of the least … Continue reading

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Recent wordscene posts about Mystras

We have recently featured some of Peter Webscott’s posts from his blog ‘wordscene‘. He mailed me a few days ago to highlight a couple more about Mystras. I hope you enjoy them. They include some good original photographs. Mystras: last … Continue reading

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Byzantium and Islam Age of Transition March 14–July 8, 2012

This new exhibition in New Yorks’ Metropolitan Museum looks like it will be a cracker. If you are in the city over the next few months do visit and tell us what you think. From the Met’s site …. The … Continue reading

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What Byzantine related sites would you visit in Central Europe?

Can we help Alex plan a ‘Byzantine pilgrimage’ to central Europe this summer? Add your suggestions and comments … Hi Tom, Great site. I’ve been studying Byzantine history for some years now and the site adds interesting facets to my … Continue reading

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Qsar-Libya a Byzantine oasis in the Libyan desert

These mosaics are from the sixth century. Some lovely pictures from the ancient church of  Qsar-Libya. (the ancient city of Theodoureas). The city was rebuilt by Justinian in the name of his wife Theodora. The curious thing about this archaeological … Continue reading

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Mystras: A haven of Byzantine civilization

In 1249, William II of Villehardouin, the Frankish ruler of the Peloponnese, began building Mystras, a fortress on a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt Taygetos, 6 kilometers northwest of the present-day town of Sparta, the capital of … Continue reading

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The wonder that is Ohrid

I suppose it is a good thing to aim to be objective in life. It shows wisdom and maturity, and an ability to balance all the arguments. For me however, all objectivity vanishes when I think of Ohrid! The setting … Continue reading

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Mani: A Guide and History by John Chapman

I came across this excellent site a while back and posted it on my Patrick Leigh Fermor blog. John Chapman, the creator of the site and its content,  is an academic whose interests include Byzantine history. He got in touch with me … Continue reading

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Can you help? The relevance of the monogram embroidered on Byzantine over-cloaks

Given that we have a pretty wide readership, and many of you are academics, I wonder if anyone can answer a question posed by blog correspondent Dave about monograms that appear in mosaics, particularly at Ravenna. If you can help … Continue reading

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Join in the dig at ancient Stobi, Macedonia with Balkan Heritage Field School!

In 2010, The Balkan Heritage Field School is offering you the opportunity to participate in different digs and expeditions connected to the Byzantine culture in Southeastern Europe. You can make Byzantium ‘live’ for you today; by continuing your archaeological studies … Continue reading

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A Byzantine cold case file! Join the Byzantine monastery dig at Varna on the Bulgarian Black Sea

In 2010, The Balkan Heritage Field School is offering you the opportunity to participate in different digs and expeditions connected to the Byzantine culture in Southeastern Europe. You can make Byzantium ‘live’ for you today; by taking a holiday on … Continue reading

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