The byzantine fortified town of Mystras reflects the 14th and 15th century Byzantium. The mysterious and majestic Peloponnesian landscape with its wonderfully decorated churches still has the power to inspire awe to visitors after all these centuries. The Frankish castle dated to 1249 has been restored from time to time by the despots of Mystras and Turks. Next to Mystras, Neos Mystras has been established, a modern community consisting of four settlements: Skalviki, Pikouliana, Taygeti, and Vlachochori. It was established next to the Byzantine fortified town thanks to the large number of tourists. It is only 5km from Sparta.