About Nafplion

45237624Nafplion: the first Capital of Greece!

Nafplio is one of the most beautiful towns of Greece; an authentic place, rich in culture and with beautiful landscapes that keeps its charm through the centuries. Nafplion was the first capital of the newly born Greek state from 1823 to 1834. The magical atmosphere and breathtaking scenery, the historical importance of the town turn Nafplion to a great place for permanent residence and a place that attracts cultural travelers all year round.
Nafplio is famous for Bourtzi, a fortress built on an islet in the middle of the bay, Palamidi, a Venetian fortress crowning the city and Akronafplia another Venetian fortress built on the homonymous peninsula.

The history of the city reflects to its architecture. Elements of its conquerors and benefactors that passed through the place can be found in the buildings, museums churches, mosques, that are located in the area of the Old town.

According to the Greek mythology, the city takes its name from its founder, Nafplio, son of Poseidon and Amymonis.
Nafplion started to be a very important trading center during the Byzantine period and the 11th century. Around 1210-1212 the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade occupied the city and since then Nafplio has tested a series of occupations, first the Frank occupation, then the Venetian and then the Turks, with a small "break" the one of the Second Venetian rule. The city reached its peak when it became the capital of the Greek state from 1827 to 1834.

Except of its cultural heritage, Nafplio is also famous for its natural beauty, surrounded by crystal clear waters and the picturesque landscapes in combination with the excellent level of services make Nafplio a destination not to be missed.

Worth Visiting/Sightseeing     

  • Archeological Site of Tiryns World Cultural Heritage Monument by UNESCO
  • Ancient Asini / Kstraki
  • Mycenaean Acropolis of Midea
  • Mycenaean Cemetery of Dendra
  • Palamidi
  • Bourtzi
  • Acronafplia
  • The Lion of Bavarian
  • Constitution square
  • "Vouleutiko" The first Greek parliament
  • "Trianon" The old Ottoman mosque

Unesco World Heritage sites of Peloponnese

  • Sanctuary of Asclepious at Epidaurus
  • Temple of Apollo Epicirius at Bassae
  • Archeological Site of Mystras
  • Archeological Site of Mycenae
  • Archeological Site of Tiryns
  • Archeological Site f Olympia

 

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