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Peloponnese, is the southernmost geographic region of the Greek mainland. Originally it was an island, but intense geological upheavals in the region united and separated it from the mainland twice. Peloponnese is a rugged land that combines the scent of the sea, the mountains, olive trees, and vineyards.
From the second millennium before Christ to the present, it has lived to the beat of history. The Mycenaean Civilization, Vasses, Olympia, and Epidavros are among the most important monuments of Ancient Greece. Mistras in Sparti and Aghia Sophia at Monemvasia are jewels of the Byzantine era.
The castles of Peloponnese are famous, most eminent among them are those of Acrocorinth, Karitena, Kalamata, Koroni, and most picturesque of all, the castle of Methoni. Nafplion, one of Greece's loveliest and most delightful towns, was the first capital of the modern state.
The mountain villages of the Peloponnese like Kalavrita and the whole of the Mani are among the most scenic parts of Greece. Here the grey stone has become a marvel in the hands of the builder. Whether set against the background of the magnificent olive groves of Messinia or Ilia, or the endless vineyards of Achaia and Corinth, all these features are found in the Peloponnese.