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Nafplion during the full moon with its castle Palamidi,on the top of the hill and the view of a luxury hotel.

Nafplion

Nafplion (Ναυλος = freight + πλοιο = ship) (Modern Greek: Ναύπλιο, Nafplio) or Nauplion (Greek: Ναύπλιον, Naupliοn) is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834. Nafplion, with a population of (13,822) is the capital of the prefecture of Argolis and the province of Nafplion.


Greek War of Independence

The castle of Palamidi,was used as the prison cell of Theodoros Kolokotronis

During the Greek War of Independence, Nafplion was a major Ottoman stronghold and was besieged for a year by Theodoros Kolokotronis. The Acronauplia, and then Palamidi, finally surrendered because of starvation. After its capture, because of its strong fortifications, it became the seat of the provisional governments of Greece, and Kapodistrias made it the official capital of Greece in 1829. After his assassination there in 1831 a period of anarchy followed, until the arrival of King Otto and the establishment of the new Kingdom of Greece. Nafplion remained the capital of the kingdom until 1834, when King Otto decided to move the capital to Athens.

Count Ioannis Kapodistrias, first head of state of newly-liberated Greece, set foot on the Greek mainland for the first time in Nafplio on 7 January 1828. He was subsequently assassinated by local warlords on the steps of the church of Saint Spyridon in Nafplio on 9 October 1831 .

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