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Taking a short brake from my Zakynthos's shots, I present you my first shot from the first capital for the modern Greek state, Nafplio.

You can see a big part of the old city (the new part was built at my right part, you can see it but I'll post a photo from this part with more proper lighting) and at the left side, you can see Bourtzi, a small fortress into the sea which protected the harbor and was prison during the Ottoman occupation.

I took this shot from Palamidi, the fortress of the city which was built in a hill above the city. Unfortunately, the time we visited the fortress was not the right one to have a fine lighting, so the only shot that which is accepted from me for Nafplio from high is this one. My polarizer was not enough to "cut-off" the strong sun lighting.

Infos about the city:

Nafplion (Ναύπλιο) is a town on the Peloponnese in Greece. The town was the capital of Greece from 1829 to 1834 and is the place where Capodistria, the first president of the modern Greek republic was assassinated. Nafplion is also the capital of the prefecture of Argolis and the province of Nafplion. The population of the city is ranked second in the prefecture.

History of Nafplion

The area surrounding Nafplion has been inhabited since ancient times though little sign of this remains within the town. The town has been a stronghold at several times in history. The first of the visible fortification was built by the Byzantines. It was subsequently occupied by French crusaders, then in 1377 the Venetians arrived[1] and, towards the end of the 15th century built the Castle of Bourzi. After this, the city was captured by the Turks, then when they finally returned in 1685 the Venetians built their final castle, which was in fact last major construction of the Venetian empire overseas.

During the war of independence with Turkey, Nafplion was considered a stronghold and was besieged for a whole year by Kolokotronis who captured it and then later was imprisoned there for kidnapping. After independence Nafplion became the capital of the newly independent Greece from 1829 till 1834 after which the capital was moved to Athens. It was during this period of time, in 1831, that President John Capodistria was assassinated.

Tourism popped up slowly in the 1960s but not as much as other parts of Greece.


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