Fortress of Palamidi was built on a hill overlooking the town of Nafplio.
The construction was conducted between 1711 and 1715, started by the Venetian Governor Agostino Sagredo with La Salle (or Lasalle) as architect using the design made by Antonio Giancix, but fell to the Ottomans in 1715 before or shortly after the completion.
To reach the entrance to the site, there are 2 options. One is to climb 800 and more steps from the bottom and the other is to climb with a car up to the car park in front of the Bastion of Epameinondas. In 2014, ticket costs 4 Euro.
The stairs that are now used by the visitors are constructed in the era of King Othon. The original covered staircase is preserved, but not accessible to the visitors.
The fortress is a huge construction with 8 bastions. If you are not sure to visit only the Bastion of St. Andreas (San Girardo), you’d better count at least 1 hour to wander around the site.
Theodoros Kolokotroni was once incarcerated here. It is now one of the best attractions of the fortress.
- Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001 (Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), pp. 236-237.
- Pamphlet “The Fortress of Palamidi”, Archaeological Receipts Fund 2012.
Some more photos from the Fortress.