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Palamidi (Greek: ) is a huge, well-maintained and probably the best castle in Greece and the finest sample of the Venetian fortifications in Greece.
It was built in 1714 by the Venetians, within the record time of 3 years during their second occupation of the area (1686-1715)
History

The fortress was a big and ambitious project, but was finished within a relatively short period from 1711 until 1714. The works were started by Morosini the conqueror of the city and were carried on till the last years of the Venetian occupation (1686 - 1715). It is a typical baroque fortress based on the plans of the engineers Giaxich and Lasalle. In 1715 it was captured by the Turks and remained under their control until 1822, when it was captured by the Greeks.

Palamidi was besieged the very first year of the Greek Revolution (1821). The leaders made the right speculation that its possesion would offer the Revolution a bulwark and a proper seat for the Government. After many efforts and failures, on the night of November 29th 1822, Staikos Staikopoulos with Moschonissiotis and 350 select soldiers managed to set foot Achilles's bastion and subsequently occupy Palamidi. After a while Kolokotronis arrived and made Nauplion's guard surrender and sign a treaty. Every year the 30th of November the anniversary of the liberation of the city is celebrated at Nauplion.

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