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Old October 7th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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NAFPLIO - Beautiful first capital of Greece

Nafplio, Ναύπλιο, Nafplion, Nauplia, Napoli di Romania

Located in the prefecture of Argolis, in the Peloponnese of Southern Greece, this town was the first capital of the Greece from 1829 and remained the capital until 1834 when King Otto decided to move the capital to Athens.

It is considered one of the most beautiful towns of mainland Greece and has a strong Venetian influence. It is today a major tourism region but also a small economic centre for the eastern Peloponnese.

These are some of my images I took during the summer of being in and out of the spectacular town.

The town from Palamidi, the old fortress built in 1711.







This is not Alcatraz Bourtzi fortress protected the harbour...





































The narrow streets are full of traditional Greek tavernas and at night, the waterfront bars turn into upscale clubs full of locals and tourists alike.



































A local

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Old October 7th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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Very nice pics giorgio
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Very nice town, great charme, the venetian influence is strong indeed and the setting on the gulf very much reminds me of Naples..I didn't know it was the first capital of Greece, good to know that.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 04:30 AM   #4
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Beautiful! Very nice place!!! Very flowery.... The cat is very skinny!!!!

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lovely!
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Very nice town, great charme, the venetian influence is strong indeed and the setting on the gulf very much reminds me of Naples..I didn't know it was the first capital of Greece, good to know that.
The Venetian influence comes more from the town plan, the fortresses and most of the oldest buildings, such as the grand archaeological museum building, which can only be seen from above in this picture thread (third pic, in the centre). Nafplion was once part of the Venetian territories of Morea, the Venetian name for the Peloponnese. It became the first capital of Greece because it had a well protected harbour (fortresses), and the Peloponnese was amongst the first part of the nascent Greek state to be liberated in the 19th century. So to make it fit for its role as a capital and royal seat, much of the architecture was built in the fashion of the day, which of course was neoclassical, and that is the prevailing style that remains and can be seen today. Of course one could make an association to the town having 'Italianate' architecture as classical detailing on buildings is so prevalent in Italy, and in Greece neoclassicism quite often appears like a classically dressed Venetian-type building; simple in form and fronting the street as it does.

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been there.....great place

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what a gorgeous town with gorgeous weather!
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Stayed there a year ago for 2 days, beautiful town.
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Very nice
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The Venetian influence comes more from the town plan, the fortresses and most of the oldest buildings, such as the grand archaeological museum building, which can only be seen from above in this picture thread (third pic, in the centre). Nafplion was once part of the Venetian territories of Morea, the Venetian name for the Peloponnese. It became the first capital of Greece because it had a well protected harbour (fortresses), and the Peloponnese was amongst the first part of the nascent Greek state to be liberated in the 19th century. So to make it fit for its role as a capital and royal seat, much of the architecture was built in the fashion of the day, which of course was neoclassical, and that is the prevailing style that remains and can be seen today. Of course one could make an association to the town having 'Italianate' architecture as classical detailing on buildings is so prevalent in Italy, and in Greece neoclassicism quite often appears like a classically dressed Venetian-type building; simple in form and fronting the street as it does.

Nice pics
Tahnk you for the explanations. Infact I was impulsive to make the association, but really the athmosphere of some of those streets reminds me of Verona, Vicenza and other cities of Veneto. Not only because of neoclassicism.
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Old October 11th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #12
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No worries. I can also see what you mean, and I must say that's a great compliment for Nafplion, because Verona and Vicenza are very beautiful cities.
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