Fortress of Palamidi - Nafplio

The fortress of Palamidi towers over the city of Nafplio in Greece on a 216 m high rock.



The over a long distance visible fortress on the Palamidi hill was built under Venetian rule and is named after the Greek mythical hero Palamedes. Palamidi is one three fortresses in Nafplio, others are the Akronauplia fortress on the castle hill above the old town and the Bourtzi on a little island at the entrance of the port. Palamidi fortress can be reached by a stairway with 999 steps or by car.

Inside fortress of Palamidi


Nafplio gained in importance in the Byzantine Empire. The Ottoman power in Nafplio was ended after a one-year siege by Theodors Kolokotronis, a Greek freedom fighter. Because he behaved very oppositional opposite the Allies and the future king, he was sentenced to death for high treason.

entrance prison cell of Kolokotronis in the Palamidi fortress



Later the verdict was changed to 20 years custody and after the new king came into power, Kolokotronis was granted amnesty. Nevertheless Kolokotronis spent a year in this inhumane prison cell in the Palamidi fortress, which still can be seen today. He died highly respected in Athens seven years later.

Fortress of Palamidi - Nafplio


From the Palamidi one has a wonderful view over the city of Nafplio. 

View from Palamidi Fortress - Nafplio - Greece


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