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A stroll around the old quarters of Nafplion reveals images and religious monuments that are part of the historical past of the town. Among them, you will meet the holy church of Agios Spyridonas located in front of the small square that was named after the saint.
The church was built during the early Venetian period and charms for its austere architecture and impressive frescoes. The church is connected with one of the darkest events of Greek history. On September 27th, 1831, right outside the entrance, the first governor of the newly-established Greek state, Ioannis Kapodistias was assassinated.
One of the churches that are hard to notice is the church of the Annunciation of the Virgin, lying hidden in the alleys of Nafplion, among the beautiful buildings. Its construction dates back to 15th century and it hosts some of the most precious icons and frescoes. Today, the church is one the most visited sites gathering hundreds of followers every year.
Not far from Nafplion but away from its busy center, rests the Byzantine monastery of Agia Moni, dedicated to Zoodochos Pigis. Built in an idyllic location, close to natural springs and lush trees, it makes a nice excursion to enjoy tranquility and peace. The monastery consists of the nuns’ cells, a nice church, and lovely chapels. Inside the church lies the imposing icon of the Christ discovered in 1920.
The best-preserved church in Nafplion is the church of Agios Andreas, located within the walls of the legendary Palamidi fortress. To access this old monument you need to climb 999 steps. The 16th-century church of Agios Georgios is the present Metropolis of Nafplion and stands at the center of the town. It used to be a Turkish mosque and in the 17th century, it was adorned with many frescoes. In a close distance, you will find many other churches.
Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece, was shot and killed, as he was entering this church to attend the Holy Mass. In fact, the round shape of the bullet can still be seen on the entrance of the church.
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