The cruise will happen aboard Oceania’s newest ship, Marina, scheduled to be christened by Mary Hart on February 5.
This week we’re virtually visiting Monemvasia (pronounced Mo-nem-vah-SEE-ah). I’ve learned so much since doing this series! When would I, otherwise, have studied Zakynthos (last week’s post) or Monemvasia, Greece??
Monemvasia is a sort of medieval castle-island off the southeastern tip of the Peloponnese (of the Peloponnesian War fame, 431 BC-404 BC). The Peloponnese is a peninsula in the southernmost part of mainland Greece (though now technically an island since the construction of the Corinth Canal in 1893).
Once a part of the mainland, Monemvasia was repositioned 1/8 to 1/4 mile off shore during an earthquake in 375 A.D, and is now connected by a causeway. This connecting ribbon of land led to the island’s name, which came from two Greek words, mone and emvasia (or embassia), which mean "single entrance."
From a distance, the appearance of Monemvasia has been likened to Mont St. Michel in France, which is also reached by causeway leading to what appears to be a rock island. It’s easy to see, from the photo below, where it got its nicknames, The Rock and the Gibraltar of the East.