Photographer's Note

This is a part of the old town of Nafplion.The shot was taken from the Akronafplia walls.
And it was in this beautiful land that god Poseidon first saw Amymone, the lovely daughter of Danaos, and fell madly in love with her. From their unison Nauplios was born in one of Euboia's shores, but when he grew up he sailed with his ship to the creek of the Argolic bay and founded there the ancient city of Nauplia, which took after his name.

The city holds a key position which enables sea communications, but is also protected by the steep rock of Akronauplia, a combination which made Nauplio ever since the Neolithic era, one of the most desirable places of inhabitance but also of conquest. Indeed, Nauplio will be repeatedly invaded by Argians, Goths, Slavs and Albanians, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks. Until 1822 when the Greeks revolted against the Turks, fought and won back Palamidi and finally free Nauplio.

In January 1823, it became the seat of the temporary government of the Greek nation, which was at the time struggling for its independence. In January 1828, the first governor of Greece will come to the city, but a few years later in 1831 he will be assassinated near the church of Agios Spyridon. A period of anarchy and upheaval will follow until King Othon, accompanied by 36 foreign vessels and a large retinue will arrive at Nauplio's bay in January 1833. The next year, the Greek capital will be transferred to the city of Athens.

Nauplio is an amalgam of Frankish, Venetian and Turkish buildings both secular and neoclassic. Its broad streets and small alleys, its squares, Ottoman fountains, monuments, statues and beautiful parks paint the portrait of a most charming city which captivates its visitors.

But apart from Nauplio's picturesque quality, one can take a journey back in time, unfolding the city's glorious history by visiting the Archaeological Museum and its abundance of archaeological findings, the Museum of the Peloponnesean Folklore Institute, the fortified Akronauplia and Palamidi with its magnificent Venetian castle and the endless hewn steps. After relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee next to the Pili of Xiras, with its peculiar waterfall which looks as if it's springing out of Palamidi's soul, or opposite the old train station which brings back memories of the past, you can start your stroll around the city.

Inhabited ever since pre-historic times, the rock of Akronauplia offers the most breathtaking, panoramic view! From one side lies the old city with its numerous tile-roofs interrupted here and there by perennial trees' tops, the churches' belfries with the unique Bourdzi standing like a stationary ship amidst the waters of the serene harbor, and from the other -which is full of fig trees hanging from the rocks- the stunningly beautiful view of the Nauplio Gulf and the beach of Arvanitia which hides under the dominant presence of Palamidi, which will be our next stop.

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