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A unique place, mysterious, bleshed, full of natural beauties and great culture, is still developing and captivates every guest.
Nafplion is situated on the Argolic Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese. Most of the old town is on a peninsula jutting into the gulf; this peninsula forms a naturally protected bay that is enhanced by the addition of man-made moles.
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.
On our left, before entering the city, there rises Palamidi (220 m. height) praised in many songs. It bears the name of Palamedes the sage. Nowadays there is a drive on the east side. Romantics can climb up all 999 steps, that were rebuilt in Otho's period. Previously one could climb up through the venetian galleries, that are still preserved οn the right of the steps.
At first it was called by the seamen Saint Theodore's island. During the first Venetian rule (1389 1540), ίη 1473 to be particular, the Venetians built a tower with guns on it. It was called theCastelli or Bourdji and later Passage. New fortifications were added during the second venetian rule (a tower with a yard and a bastion). Morosini occupied it again in 1686 and massacred the turkish garrison.