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Nafplio
Ναύπλιο
View of the old part of the city of Nafplio from Palamidi castle.
View of the old part of the city of Nafplio from Palamidi castle.
Seal of Nafplio
Location
Nafplio is located in Greece
Nafplio
Nafplio
Coordinates 37°34′N 22°48′E / 37.567°N 22.800°E / 37.567; 22.800Coordinates: 37°34′N 22°48′E / 37.567°N 22.800°E / 37.567; 22.800
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Peloponnese
Regional unit: Argolis
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipality
 - Population: 33,356
 - Area: 387.8 km2 (150 sq mi)
 - Density: 86 /km2 (223 /sq mi)
Municipal unit
 - Population: 18,910
 - Area: 33.6 km2 (13 sq mi)
 - Density: 563 /km2 (1,458 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 14,203
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (min-max): 0–10 m ­(0–33 ft)
Postal code: 211 00
Telephone: 2752
Auto: ΑΡ
Website
www.nafplio.gr

Nafplio (Modern Greek: Ναύπλιο, Nafplio) 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 an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, held initially by the de la Roche following the Fourth Crusade and then by Aragonese nobility, before coming under the Republic of Venice and, lastly, the Ottoman Empire. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.

Name[edit]

The name of the town changed several times over the centuries. The contemporary Greek name of the town is Nafplio (Ναύπλιο).[2] In modern English, the most frequently used forms are Nauplia and Navplion.[3]

During the Classical Antiquity, it was known as Nauplia (Ναυπλία) in Attic Greek[4][5][6][7] and Naupliē (Ναυπλιη) in Ionian Greek.[4] In Latin, it was called Nauplia.[8]

During the Middle Ages, several variants were used in Byzantine Greek, including Náfplion (Ναύπλιον), Anáplion (Ἀνάπλιον), and Anáplia (Ἀνάπλια).[7]

During the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern period, under Venetian domination, the town was known in Italian as Napoli di Romania, after the medieval usage of "Romania" to refer to the lands of the Byzantine Empire, and to distinguish it from Napoli (Naples) in Italy.

Also during the Early Modern period, but this time under Ottoman rule, the Turkish name of the town was Mora Yenişehir, after Morea, a medieval name for the Peloponnese, and "yeni şehir," the Turkish term for "new city" (apparently a translation from the Greek Νεάπολη, Italian Napoli). The Ottomans also called it Anabolı.

In the 19th century and early 20th century, the town was called indiscriminately Náfplion (Ναύπλιον) and Nafplio (Ναύπλιο) in modern Greek. Both forms were used in official documents and travel guides. This explains why the old form Náfplion (sometimes transliterated to Navplion) still occasionally survives up to this day.

Geography[edit]

Nafplio 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. Originally almost isolated by marshes, deliberate landfill projects, primarily since the 1970s, have nearly doubled the land area of the city.

Municipality[edit]

The municipality Nafplio was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[9]

Panorama of Naplion.

History[edit]

Napoli di Romania, in the mid-16th century.
View of Bourtzi.

Classical Antiquity[edit]

The area surrounding Nafplio has been inhabited since ancient times, but few signs of this remain visible. The town has been a stronghold on several occasions during Classical Antiquity. It seems to be mentioned on an Egyptian funerary inscription of Amenophis III as Nuplija.[10]

Middle Ages[edit]

The Acronauplia has walls dating from pre-classical times. Subsequently, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, and Turks added to the fortifications. Nafplio was taken in 1212 by the French crusaders of the Principality of Achaea. It became part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, which in 1388 was sold to the Republic of Venice.[11] During the subsequent 150 years, the lower city was expanded and fortified, and new fortifications added to Acronauplia.[12]

Early Modern[edit]

The city surrendered to the Ottomans in 1540, who renamed it Mora Yenişehri and established it as the seat of a sanjak. At that period, Nafplio looked very much like the 16th century image shown below to the right.

The Venetians retook Nafplio in 1685 and made it the capital of their "Kingdom of the Morea". The Venetians strengthened the city by building the castle of Palamidi, which was in fact the last major construction of the Venetian empire overseas. However, only 80 soldiers were assigned to defend the city and it was easily retaken by the Ottomans in 1715. Palamidi is located on a hill north of the old town. During the Greek War of Independence, it played a major role. It was captured by Staikos Staikopoulos in November 1822.

19th Century[edit]

During the Greek War of Independence, Nafplio was a major Ottoman stronghold and was besieged for more than a year. The town finally surrendered because of starvation. After its capture, because of its strong fortifications, it became the seat of the provisional government of Greece.

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 and made it the official capital of Greece in 1829. He was assassinated on 9 October 1831 by members of the Mavromichalis family, on the steps of the church of Saint Spyridon in Nafplio. After his assassination, a period of anarchy followed, until the arrival of King Otto and the establishment of the new Kingdom of Greece. Nafplio remained the capital of the kingdom until 1834, when King Otto decided to move the capital to Athens.

20th and 21st Centuries[edit]

Tourism emerged slowly in the 1960s, but not to the same degree as some other Greek areas. Nevertheless, it tends to attract a number of tourists from Germany and the Scandinavian countries in particular. Nafplio enjoys a very sunny and mild climate, even by Greek standards, and as a consequence has become a popular day or weekend road-trip destination for Athenians in wintertime.

Nafplio is a port, with fishing and transport ongoing, although the primary source of local employment currently is tourism, with two beaches on the other side of the peninsula from the main body of the town and a large amount of local accommodation. There are frequent bus services from/to Athens (KTEL).

The building of the National Bank of Greece is probably the only one in the world to have been built in the Mycenaean Revival architectural style.[13]

Plateia Syntagmatos (Constitution Square).

Education[edit]

The castle of Palamidi; was used also as a prison cell for Theodoros Kolokotronis.
View from Palamidi.
The port.
A street of Nafplio.

Since 2003, the University of Peloponnese has incorporated a new faculty, the School of Fine Arts. In 2007, a single department exists, the Department of Theatre,[14] offering four majors:[15]

Population[edit]

Year Community Municipal unit Municipality
1981 10,611 - -
1991 11,897 14,740 -
2001 13,822 16,885 -
2011 14,203 18,910 33,356

Notable people[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Nafplio is twinned with:

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ « ΑΡΓΟΛΙΚΗ ΑΡΧΕΙΑΚΗ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΘΗΚΗ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ. "Ναύπλιον – Ετυμολογία του Ονόματος". Argolikivivliothiki.gr. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  3. ^ See Merriam-Webster's (1993), p. 1495.
  4. ^ a b See Liddell and Scott revised by Jones (1940), Ναυπλία. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  5. ^ See Liddell and Scott (1889), Ναυπλία. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  6. ^ See Bailly (1901), p. 585, Ναυπλία. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  7. ^ a b See Smith (1854), NAU´PLIA. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  8. ^ Entick's English-Latin dictionary. Books.google.com. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  9. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  10. ^ See Latacz (2004), p. 131.
  11. ^ Diplomatarium No. 127.
  12. ^ Wright, Ch. 1.
  13. ^ "Greece At Its Most Greek," by Phyllis rose, Sept. 10, 2000, New York Times. [1]
  14. ^ Faculties and Departments. University of Peloponnese website. www.uop.gr.
  15. ^ (Greek) Study Plan. University of Peloponnese, Department of Theater Studies website.
  16. ^ a b "Twinnings". Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Royal city of Cetinje". Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  18. ^ "Office du tourisme de Menton". Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  19. ^ "Niles Sister Cities". Official website. The Village of Niles. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  20. ^ "City council minutes". Royan city hall. 2005-06-02. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 

Sources[edit]

  • Entick, John. A Compendious Dictionary of the English and Latin Tongues. New edition carefully revised and augmented throughout by Rev. M.G. Sarjant. London, 1825. ([2])
  • Ellingham, Mark; Dubin, Marc; Jansz, Natania; and Fisher, John (1995). Greece, the Rough Guide. Rough Guides. ISBN 1-85828-131-8.
  • Gerola, Giuseppe (1930–31). “Le fortificazioni di Napoli di Romania,” Annuario dell regia scuola archeologicca di Atene e delle missioni italiane in oriente 22-24. pp. 346–410.
  • Gregory, Timothy E. (1983). Nauplion. Athens.
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  • Kolokotrones, Theodoros (1969). Memoirs from the Greek War of Independence, 1821-1833. E. M. Edmunds, trans. Originally printed as Kolokotrones: The Klepht and the Warrior. Sixty Years of Peril and Daring. An Autobiography. London, 1892; reprint, Chicago.
  • Lamprynides, Michael G. (1898). Ê Nauplia. Athens, reprint 1950.
  • Latacz, Joachim (2004), Troy and Homer: Towards the Solution of an Old Mystery, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press .
  • Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert (1940), A Greek-English Lexicon, revised and augmented by Sir Henry Stuart Jones, Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press .
  • Luttrell, Anthony (1966), "The Latins of Argos and Nauplia: 1311-1394", Papers of the British School at Rome, Vol. 34, pp. 34–55 .
  • McCulloch, J. R. (1866). "A Dictionary, Geographical, Statistical, and Historical of the Various Countries, Places, and Principal Natural Objects in the World". New edition carefully revised. Longmans, Green, and Co., London, UK. p. 457. ([3])
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed.), Springfield, Mass., USA: Merriam-Webster, 1993 .
  • Schaefer, Wulf (1961). "Neue Untersuchungen über die Baugeschichte Nauplias im Mittelalter," Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Vol. 76, pp. 156–214.
  • Thomas, George Martin (1966). Diplomatarium Veneto-Levantinum. B. Franklin, New York, USA. ([4])
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