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Old Parliament Building, Nafplio

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While Nafplio was the capital of Greece, this building was used as a parliament between 1827 and 34.

Old Parliament

Old Parliament Building

As you can guess from its shape, it was built as a mosque. It seems to be built in the same period in which the mosque in the Constitution Square was bulit (it is now used as a cinema).

Old Parliament Build.ing

Old Parliament Build.ing

Old Parliament Build.ing

Building seen from the north side

Old Parliament Build.ing

The building was restored in ’90s.

Old Parliament Build.ing

Muslim architectural element on the facade

Now it is used as an event space. When we visited here in autumn 2014, a representative of SYRIZA was scheduled to speak and we had a chance to take a peek at inside.

Old Parliament Build.ing

Inside the building

Reference

  • Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001 (Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), pp. 235.
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Palamidi, Nafplio

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Fortress of Palamidi was built on a hill overlooking the town of Nafplio.

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, 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.

Bastion of Epameinondas and Car park

Bastion of Epameinondas and Car park

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.

Stairs of Palamidi

Stairs of Palamidi

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.

Aerial Photo of the Site

Aerial Photo of the Site (taken from the information board in the site).

Theodoros Kolokotroni was once incarcerated here. It is now one of the best attractions of the fortress.

Kolokotroni's Prison

Kolokotroni’s Prison. The hole in the left bottom is the entrance.

Kolokotroni's Prison

Kolokotroni’s Prison: the cell seen from the entrance.

Reference

  • 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.
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Some more photos from the Fortress.

View of Nafplio from Palamidi

View of Nafplio from Palamidi

Bastion of St. Andreas, Palamidi

Bastion of St. Andreas, Palamidi

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

Palamidi, Nafplio

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Turkish Fountains in Nafplio

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The old town of Nafplio is adorned by some beautiful Turkish fountains. Here is a collection of their photographs.

Turkish Fountain

Turkish Fountain

This is the inscription in Arabic script used in the above fountain.

Inscription in Arabic characters

Inscription in Arabic characters

Another fountain furnished with reliefs as well as Arabic inscription.

Turkish Fountain

Turkish Fountain

Reliefs of the same fountain.

Relief

Relief

Yet another fountain with elaborate shape. Inscrption is engraved on the carved plate.

Turkish Fountain

Turkish Fountain

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Nafplio, Argolis

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Nafplio is a beautiful town on the Argolic Bay. It was the capital of the newly independent Greece from 1829 to 1834.

Syntagma Square, Nafplio

Syntagma Square, Nafplio

It preserves old and beautiful townscape and attracts many tourists, especially Greek from Athens, all through the year. It does not really have ‘off-season’ as other tourist attractions in Greece, so if you are planning to stay in Nafplio, do plan ahead even if it isn’t in summer, especially during the weekends.

Street of Nafplio

Street of Nafplio

 

Coach Timetable to and from Nafplio (English)
http://www.ktel-argolis.gr/en/profile.asp

It is alleged that the name Nafplio came from its legendary founder Nauplios, son of Poseidon, but it is also possible that this obscure hero was invented to explain the city’s name.

Bourtzi

Bourtzi

Palamedes, descendant of Nauplios, participated in Trojan War, but killed by the fellow Greeks being suspected of treason. In ca. 625 BC Naulpion was defeated by Argos and its inhabitants mostly fled to Messenia. Later, Nauplion seems to have lost its importance and when Pausanias visited here in the 2nd century AD, it was in ruins.

Next time we hear about the town is in Medieval period, when it emerged as a trading post. In 1203, governor of Nafplio, Leo Sgouros, occupied Argos, Corinth and Larissa. In 1210, however, Nafplio was lost to Geoffrey de Villehardouin, and together with Argos, was given to Otho de la Roche. In 1388, Venice purchased Nafplio and the fortification of Bourdzi was completed under the Venetians (1470). In 1540, the Ottomans snatched Nafplio. In the next century Venetians recaptured it (1685/6), but never managed to man it enough and in 1715 it was lost again to the Turks.

At the outset of the War of Independence, it was one of the Turkish strongholds, but Theodoros Kolokotronis managed to gain it after a year’s siege. The provisory Greek government established itself in Nafplio and in 1829 Kapodistrias, the first prime minister, declared it as the capital of the newly independent Greece. He was assassinated inside the Church of St. Spyridon in Nafplio in 1831.

It remained to be the Greek capital under the king Otto until, in 1834, the government moved to Athens.

In the photo below is the fortress of Palamidi.

Palamidi

Palamidi

By the way, in Nafplio, there is arguably the best gelateria (Italian style ice cream parlor) in Greece called Antica Gelateria di Roma. Rather expensive, but anything is delicious thanks to the best quality ingredients.

Antica Gelateria di Roma

Antica Gelateria di Roma

It is conveniently located near the Syntagma Square. Address is as follows.

Antica Gelateria di Roma
Farmakopoulon 3 & Komninou, Nauplio
http://www.anticagelateria.gr/

Reference

  • Robin Barber, Greece (Blue Guide), London- N.Y. 2001 (Revised reprint of the 6th edition of 1995), pp. 232-236.
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Some more photos from Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio

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