This square was once the site of the Venetian bastion of Santa Teresa, which was later renamed the bastion of Moschos, and was demolished in 1866.
The monument to the Philhellenes, in other words the friends of Greece, which dominates the center of the square, was competed in 1903, in memory of the French Philhellenes who fought and died for the liberation of Greece from the Turkish yoke during the Greek Revolution.
The monument, is in the form of a memorial stone made of grey marble, and is in the shape of an obelisk, a form highly popular at the time. It was designed in Paris, but constructed in Greece in the marble works of Ioannis Chaldoupis. On one side of the raised base of the obelisk there is a relief in white marble depicting the personalized forms of Greece and France, in the forms of Athena and Liberty respectively. On the eastern side of the base there is an inscription in memory of the great French Philhellenes: Field Marshall Meson, General Fabvier and Admiral Derigny, and all the French sailors and soldiers who fought for Greek Independence.
More recently, a bust was placed on the North West side of the square in the likeness of Mando Mavrogenous, a heroine of the Greek Revolution, who lived in Nafplio from 1824 to 1831.
On the North East side of the square, in King Otto's Street, there is an important two-story Neo-classical building from the 19th century, which belonged to the Iatrou family, who were well known benefactors to the city. The town hall was housed here from 1972 until its recent move to Trion Navarchon Square.
This is the square that we hang out with my friends when I visit Nafplio in Greece, a fine place to walk and a great atmosphere to enjoy.
The info was taken from The site www.nafplio.gr
"Municipality of Nafplio"
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photographer_sg (4410) 2014-04-21 22:10
beautiful depiction of the historic site with a lovely pleasant atmosphere. the obelisk at the center makes a fine focal point. the light on the white wall of the building on the left is beautiful.
thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
carlo62 (37127) 2014-04-21 23:47
le bandiere greche sventolano su questa piazza a sottolineare che tutte le vecchie dominazioni sono terminate e questa piazza vuole essere una testimonianza di libertà, con i colori della bandiera che si ripetono sugli edifici.
Adesso "domina" la pace e la tranquillità, dove l'unica conquista è quella di un posto a uno di quei tavoli.
adramad (39770) 2014-04-22 5:51
Una bonita postal, de este precioso lugar que se ve tanquilo y agradable, para descansar en esa terraza, junto a los arboles, precioso azul en ese cielo tan limpio.
Muy bien equilibrada la iluminación y muy buena nitidez.
Bien hecho. Me gusta mucho.
Te deseo pase un bonito dia.
Un abrazo muy afectuoso.
saxo042 (37602) 2014-04-22 7:11
I get a feeling that this picture was taken very early in the morning; long shadows and a deserted square. There is a freshness over this view, fine architecture and very attractive colours. A very interesting note!
ikeharel (61323) 2014-04-22 7:34
Only on my second look at this beautiful photo, Eleni, realized the mountain high above town, but partially obsecured by the house on left.
That's bring a thought about the POV chosen, which is OK - yet, to my humble opinion, I'd try a 4 or 5 meters to the right side, just to include more of the slope and the fort (?) on top's.
Fine used the light, colors were enhanced by.
Noel_Byrne (26525) 2014-04-22 13:11
A beautiful momument, more so to see the flag flying proudly alongside it! I like the way you have surrounded the monument with the town that gives this square its character, but this does not take any emphasis at all away from the monument itself which still has pride of place in your composition. I like the light here, early evening or early morning? Lovely result, and a very interesting note, thank you!
Silvio1953 (128185) 2014-04-22 13:17
Ciao Eleni, gran bella piazza, interessante la nota, splendida nitidezza e magnifici colori, brava, un abbraccio Silvio
COSTANTINO (58651) 2014-04-22 22:03
Γιά σου Ελένη
ταξιδευω μαζί σου κάθε φορά που βάζεις
μια καινούργια φωτογραφία
τα ταξίδια είναι πάντοτε ενδιαφέροντα
και ανοίγουν νέους ορίζοντες
Cricri (110209) 2014-04-23 10:46
Mon amie, voila un autre bel endroit, même si la mer n'est pas présente, il règne un calme absolu, une lumière divine, le monument important dans cette composition est bien présenter
Belle soirée a toi
ourania (35009) 2014-04-25 6:36
άυτή πρέπει να είναι μια από τις ωραιότερες πλατείες της Ελλάδας, πολύ ωραία και περιεκτική η παρουσίασή σου με εύρος και βάθος, ελκυστικές λεπτομέρειες και όμορφα, φωτεινά χρώματα. ΄Ενα περιποιημένο αρχιτεκτονικό σκηνικό με ιστορικές αναφορές ακόμη και στις παρυφές του. Το φως είναι απολαυστικό. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλή σου μέρα,
pajaran (54102) 2014-04-26 23:49
Interesantan i dobar tekst o gradu i spomeniku, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na trg sa spomenikom i kuce ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura, lepe boje.
Interesting and good article about the town and a monument, with a history and description of ...
A nice view of the square with a monument and home ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and demonstrated architecture, beautiful colors.
All the best.
Miguel82 (26182) 2014-05-13 8:31
Eleni, this is a calm square of Nafplio, I can feel the mediterranean life, I note the greek flags, palm tress, high quality of image, good light, all the best, regards