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    Mosques

    by viddra Updated Aug 4, 2014

    There are 2 mosques in Nafplio, a reminder of the period of time when the place was under the Turks.
    Trianon used to be a school, whereas Vouleftikon was the seat of the first Greek Parliament. The former was built in the 1500s and was named after a cinema that once worked here. Today, plays are given here. The latter was built in 1730 and isn't usually open to the public. Concerts are sometimes organised here.

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    The Bourtzi Castle

    by viddra Updated Aug 4, 2014

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    Completed in 1473 by the Venetians, the fort protected the city from the invaders for years. Later on, it was the home of the executioners of the Palamidi castle convicts. It served as a hotel for some time in the 20th century. Now, the Summer Music Festival is held here.

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    The Church of St Nicholas

    by viddra Written Aug 4, 2014

    Since St Nicholas is a patron saint of sailors, the chuch with his name in Nafplio, had to be located close to the sea. That is why the original church, built in 1713 within the city walls, was later moved to where it is now. It was rebuilt and restored in 1836.

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    Constitution Square

    by viddra Updated Aug 4, 2014

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    Surrounded by beautiful historic buildings, mostly cafés, the marble-floored square is perfect for a hang out with friends.

    There's also the Archaeological Museum here, a bank and two mosques, 1 of which was the home of the first Greek parliament and another served as school. Now, plays are given here.

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    Archaeological Museum

    by viddra Written Aug 4, 2014

    The museum, located on the top floor of the Venetian arsenal built in 1713, houses a large collection of exhibits from different periods of history, everything found in Argolis, the region of Greece where Nafplio is situated.

    Opening times: 8-15 (Monday and holidays closed)
    Entrance fee!

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    The Palamidi Castle

    by viddra Updated Aug 4, 2014

    The impressive castle was built in the 18th century by the Venetians. Believe it or not, it took them only 3 years! it was soon captured by the Turks and then the Greeks.

    The castle consists of 8 bastions surrounded by walls. It's interesting that each of the bastions has a different name, which changed during the course of history. First, they were named after the Venetian governors, then they were given Turkish names, and finally they got the names of Greek heroes, including Leonidas, Achilles or Themistocles. One of the bastions was used as a prison, and in another the Church of St Andrew was built.

    If you want, you can climb 857 stairs to reach the top of the castle on the 216m-high hill with the same name. I decided to leave it for the next time I'm there.

    Open: 8.30-18.30 (check before you start climbing)
    Entrance fee!

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    Palamidi Castle

    by mishgreek Written Apr 8, 2013

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    Palamidi castle/fortress is built in the top of a 216 meter high hill inside Nafplion town around 1714 by the Venetians,one should climb the 875 steps(approx.i really didn't counted it!) to reach the top though,it can be reach by a car too.The castle/fortress is named after Palamidis (a son of Nafplius)who have invented the currency,weight & measurement and the lighthouse.The view while climbing up is breathtaking,you will be able to say the whole Nafplion town.The bastions of the fortress was first named in greek but later change into turkish when the turks invades Greece and once back into greek names when the turks was overthrew by the Greeks.One of bastion was used as prison cell of the greek revolution hero Theodoros Kolokotronis.Climbing up on sundays is free of charge, & weekdays do have a charge!

    This place is so easy to find, it is near to the bus station.

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    Walking about the town

    by painterdave Updated Jan 13, 2013

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    Nafplion offers a great opportunity to walk around the small area at the harbor and you will find many photo ops. The piazza are cleaned daily, and the shops are tidy. If you look up on the hill you will see the old castle, worth attending later on for sure.

    Castle above the town lots of fishing boats docked here castle on hill above large piazza
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    Arvanitia

    by Aitana Written Sep 9, 2012

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    After coming down from Palamidi and walking and having a coffee at Nafplio, we decided to have a bath in Arvanitia. the beach is quite small The water was calm and refreshing, just what we needed in a hot August day. The walk along Arvanitia to go back to the city around the cape was delightful.

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    Palamidi

    by Aitana Written Sep 9, 2012

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    Palamidi fortress was between 1711 and 1715. The Venetian Govervnor odered its construction, but it fell into Ottoman hands before it was finished. There are 8 bastions coonected with one another by a wall.
    Apart from the militar architecture, the visit is worth for the views over the city, the gulf and the plain, where Argos can be easily seen.
    You can walk and take the stairs that go up to the fortress, as I did the first time (it was April and the ascent was bearable) but if you happen to go in the hottest days of the year, as we did last time, better go up by car and after the visit, go down by walking.

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    We Only Saw the Port

    by hquittner Updated Nov 10, 2011

    It was late Fall but everyone was outside still enjoying the fresh air and coffee. Four km beyond the city is the ancient fortress of Tiryns from the 15C BC. Here we are in the Syntagmatos Square. Near by off the quay Plateia Iatrou, is a monument to French heros of the Greek independence.

    Still Outside Enjoying the Air and Coffee. Syntagmatos Square Greek Independence Monument
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    Above Town Are Medieval and Venetian Fortresses

    by hquittner Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    Above Nafplio there is the Akronafplion which contains constructions named after the ancient inventor Palamedes of the 13C BC. The Palamidi fortress stands out along the side of the mountain built by the Venetian governor Sagreda in 1711. After a 10 day siege in 1715 it was taken by the Turks. Venetians built the castles on the summit which can be visited.

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    Palamidi Castle, high on the hill

    by JessieLang Updated May 25, 2011

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    There are two other fortresses in Nafplio in addition to the Bourtzi fort.

    The Palamidi castle, also Venetian, was built between 1686 and 1715. We saw it looming over the town but didn't have time to visit. It looks really interesting though. You can get to it by road (a bus goes up there), or climb 999 stairs to the top.

    The Akronafplia fortress is the oldest one, but I think it is more difficult to reach. We didn't even see it.

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    Bourtzi Island fortress

    by JessieLang Updated May 25, 2011

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    Head to the harbor and take a short boat ride across the bay to the Bourtzi fortress, built in 1471 by the Venetians to defend the city from pirates. The fortress is on a small island 450 meters offshore. It is one of three Venetian fortresses here.

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    Palamidi Fortress

    by nickandchris Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you visit Nafplion, visiting Palamidi Fortress is the one thing you MUST do. Although the castle itself is quite interesting and suprisingly large, it's the view that makes it all worthwhile.
    Set 216 metres above the town, Palamidi sits dominating Nafplion's sprawling old and new towns. Built around 1711, it was the last fortress to be built by the Venetians in Greece. It contained eight small forts and a large, central fort. It was named after Nafplion's most legendary son, Palamedes who invented the die, lighthouses and measuring scales. A worthy memento indeed!!
    The fortress also is home to the prison where the War of Independence hero Thoedore Kolokotronis was held for several years after being tried for treason. This is a tiny doorway leading down into the dank and dark depths of the castle into a minute space with no light whatsoever. Not pleasant accommodation.....
    The cobbles and steps are slippy with wear so make sure you wear sensible shoes. There are also sheer drops over some edges, some only with a low railing. Keep a very close eye on children.
    There are drinking fountains scattered about and outside, if you arrive by road, is a drinks stall selling fresh juices among other things.

    Entrance 2006 : €4 adults.
    Children free.

    Open: Summer: Mon - Fri 8am -7pm.
    Sat and Sun. 7.30am - 3pm.
    Winter: Daily 7.30am - 3pm.

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