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The lovely seaside town of Nafplion (also sometimes called Nauplia) is the capital and administrative center of the prefecture of Argolida, and was the first capital of modern Greece. It is an area steeped in history and has a long connection with the sea, as it is named after the Argonaut son of Poseidon! It has a lovely well-protected harbor front and it is a frequent port-of-call for cruise ships, whose passengers get a peek at this lovely town, or go on to visit the famous sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae.

Nafplio today is a modern, seaside town of 12,000 inhabitants. It has lovely streets populated by beautiful Venetian-style houses and neoclassical buildings, lots of good restaurants, harbor front cafes, and excellent shopping around Constitution Square, including a wide variety of handcrafts, ceramics, and jewelry. The town is quite picturesque and combines the beauty of the Venetian era with the grandeur of the 19th century neoclassical period. Other attractions of the town include an excellent Archaeological Museum; St. Spiridonas Church, where Kapodistrias was assassinated; and the mosque at Syntagmatos Square.

The Palamidi Fortress, which sits above and dominates the city, with the fortress on the islet, in the middle of the harbor (known as Bourtzi) are the trademarks of the city.

This photo taken from the Palamidi fortress and you can see a part of the old town and the small Bourtsi fortress lying in the harbour.

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