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Monastery of Perivleptos

Monastery of Perivleptos

On the southeastern edge of the hill of Mystras, at Kato Poli, next to the steep cliff, is the Monastery of Perivleptos, dedicated to Virgin Mary. To the complex leads the road that comes from the metropolis and the road that descends from the Monastery of Pantanassa.

From the monastery survive the precinct with the interior and exterior gate, the tower οf the refectory, two buildings and the catholicon. The catholicon belongs to the type of the simple, two-columned, cross-in-square church, with five-sided arches at the altar area.

On the northern side there must have been a portico, which was later became a side narthex, perhaps by Leo Mavropappas, as indicated by the double monogram of his family. Later are the chapels of the church, Agios Panteleimonas and Agia Paraskevi next to the arches, with a part extending under the rock.

Its walls are built according to the usual Greek cloisonné system of masonry. Its interior is richly decorated with sculptures and wall paintings. The sculptures come mainly from older monuments, while the wall painting decoration, the work of four painters, dates from approximately 1360. It is one of the most important surviving painting set of the 14th century and is related to the artistic tradition of Constantinople.

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Mystras, Lakonia

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