Rock. Nothing else. The wild fig tree and the ironstone. An armed sea.Yiannis Ritsos, Monovasia 1974.
You enter the imposing fortress-like town from the bridge, one step more and you are in the past. Following the narrow, cobblestoned walkways inside the fortified town of Monemvasia, 100 metres above sea level, you have now boarded for time travel. The small peninsula of Monemvasia, above the Mirtoon Sea, divulges its history starting from the Byzantine era and on, when it was the heart of mercantile shipping. It was impenetrable and remained so, as its invaders changed from the Byzantines, Venetians to Ottomans.