Orestias Garrison – The New Varangian Guard

Orestias is a medieval living history group located in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. A branch of the New Varangian Guard, the original Orestias was a Varangian garrison serving the Emperor of Byzantium during the 11th and 12th centuries. Located at the juncture of modern Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, the Varangians of the garrison are mercenaries from Scandinavian Europe.