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A magical city wrapped in legends, traditions and history.

     Nauplius was the founder of the city, the result of the love of Poseidon and Amymoni. Nauplius married Klimeni and had three children, Palamidi, Iaka and Nafsimedon. He fortified the city and built a castle giving it the name of his first born son: Palamidi.

     Palamidi was wise, inventor of metres and stations, lighthouses, game pieces (dice), as well as the first letters of the Greek alphabet.

      The history of Nafplio began roughly the 8th century BC and this is proven by the rescued traces of the polygonal walls in the Acronafplia castle and graves found in the north area of the Palamidi castle similar to those of the Mycenaean period.

     The small city of Nafplio deflected many invaders, however during the Messiniako war, having fought together with the Spartans (enemies of the Argives) Nafplio was conquered by the King of Argos Damokratida where it was destroyed and used as a harbour for Argos.

The history and the glamour of Nafplio begin much later during the foundation of the Byzantine Empire and became recognized by the Byzantines as commercial centre of the Eastern Peloponnese, of big strategic importance. In 1180 AD  the emperor Manouil Komninos fixed the sovereignty of Nafplio to Leonta Zgouro who ruled Argos, Korinth and as far as Athens.
     In 1204 though the Byzantine Empire fell and the Peloponnese is occupied by the Franks, who fortified the Acronafplia castle and created the Frankish fortress. The Franks occupied until 1390 AD and the city was given over to the Venetians (1390 - 1540) who fortified the two fortresses of the town, building a third the Venetian fortress  in 1470, a bastion called "the five brothers" (five identical canons) which are still there today. The island in the bay was fortified for the first time, the Bourtzi with a castle which was built upon it and so the legend says every night the harbour closed with chains reaching from the castle to the rocks in the harbour. For this reason the harbour was named Porto Cadena - the harbour of chains. This was kept up until 1865 when the Bourtzi became the home of the executioners.

     The population of Nafplion grew, became congested and the Venetians built up the city, they fortified it with walls, built many buildings, for example the St. George's Chapel (the Metropolis of Nafplio today) and they also constructed  an aqueduct which brought water from Aria.

     In 1540 the city was ruled by the Turkish until 1686, when after a tough fight the admiral Morozini of the Venetians gave the city up. Fortifications of the Palamidi had started but he never finished because he died suddenly. The project was finished by the great Venetian Augustinos Sagredos creating the most imposing castle in the eastern Mediterranean.

Inside the castle the small chapel of St. Andreas was built. He renovated the walls of the Acronafplia castle and built two bastions to the right and left of the land entrance and on the top of these  stone lions, the mascot of Venice. Nafplion became the capital of the Moria kingdom

The Venetians stayed until 1715 when, the Turkish took over all of Venice's acquisitions in the Mediterranean because of the fall of Venice.

So in 1718 the Peloponnese officially becomes occupied by the Turkish and the capital Nafplio. The structure of the city changes. They built synagogues such as the one in Syntagma Square which later housed the first government of Greece, the small synagogue which later became the first primary school and generally the town takes on an eastern feel about it.

In 1768 the capital of the Peloponnese is moved to Tripoli and Nafplion remains under Turkish rule with thousands of problems and barbaric acts towards the Greeks.

     The Greeks are affected by the important goings on in Europe, they slowly start to organise themselves and in 1820 with the establishing of the Friendly Society under Dimitrio Ypsilanti they are ready for the revolution. The beginning of the revolution  was the 25th of March 1821.

The revolutionaries of the Peloponnese start the long haul to free Nafplion and in November 1822 with Theodore Kolokotroni in charge the city wins its freedom with the pinnacle of news the seizure of the Palamidi castle by Staiko Staikopoulo and his men.

     In January of 1823 Nafplio becomes the capital of the newly freed Greek state. At the beginning of 1828 the first governor of the new state, Yiannis Kapodistrias who, three years later in 1831 was murdered in front of the St. Spyridon church by the Mavromichalaious. In 1833 Othonas of Bavaria arrives in Nafplion as the King of greece. In 1834 the capital of Greece is moved to Athens. The same year Theodore Kolokotroni is imprisoned in the Palamidi castle as an underminer of Othonas. He is freed after 2 years. King Othon was the sovereign until 1862.

During the period of Kapodistrias and Othonas the city changed its look completely. New buildings were constructed (the customs house, Othonas Gymnasium etc.), roads were laid (the Big road) and generally the city is modernised.

     Nafplion today is one of the cities in Greece that has the most history to tell with buildings and monuments tell its rich and varied past.




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