Monemvasia Castle

Meet Monemvasia

A Hidden Fortress Town Perched On An Island In Greece.

Monemvasia (Greek: Μονεμβασία) is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. The town is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above sea level, up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi.

The town’s name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning “single entrance”. Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia’s nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock.

2 thoughts on “Monemvasia Castle

  1. Hello, my name is William T. Kissam and I live in the USA. I am trying to see if we are related. Our origin is not known other than the fact that John Casson came to America in the late 1600 and settled on Long Island, New York. Would be interested in learning more about the Kissamitakis name.


    1. ‘Kalimera’ from Athens,Greece…

      If u have an FB (or Skype) account we can chat quite easily. My FB account is George Kissamitakis (my cover pic is a sunrise in the ‘Rock’ of Monemvasia). My Skype account is again George Kissamitakis.

      Take care…


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