Bourtzi, an island fortress
Bourtzi, an island fortress Nafplio Reviews
BOURTZI FORTRESS Jan 27, 2017
Sitting in the Bay of Nauplia Bourtzi Fortress was fortified in 1473 by the Venetians and served to prevent their enemies from entering the Port. It served as a Fortress until 1865.
It was formerly a prison and then from 1930 to 1970 it was a Hotel.
A Bit About Nafplio
A lovely seaside town, with its picturesque harbor, NAFPLIO is on the Peloponnese Peninsula and dominated by three citadels - Palamidi Fortress, the Akronafplia Fortress and Bourtzi Fortress. Located in the Prefecture of Argolida and 145 km ( 90 miles ) southwest of Athens.
For several years after the Greek War of Independence ( 1821 to 1828 ) Nafplio was Greece's first Capital.
I was absolutely in awe of this lovely town, with its elegant Venetian homes and neoclassical civic buildings. It so reminded me of the Spanish town of Marbella, with its cobbled streets and balconies overflowing with vines of bouganvillia.
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Bourtzi, an island fortress Dec 02, 2012
The island fortress of bourtzi is located in the argolic gulf, and just about half a kilometer away from the beautiful seaside town of nafplio.
the island fortress is around 120 meters in length and 0.4 hectare in size. It was constructed as a fortification from the invaders (pirates) and was completed 1473. It was also used as an execution site for the prisoners of the palamidi castle located in mainland napflio.
it is very cheap to go here - around 2.50 euros (roundtrip) with a small boat that could fit around 10 people and would wait for 40 minutes for the tourists to see the surroundings of the fortress before heading back to the port.
as the fortress hadnt been used for a century, wild vegetation slowly creeps inside it but still completely clean. Atop the fortress, the beautiful promenade of nafplio could be seen, as well as the palamidi castle built on top of a mountain towering over the surroundings. At night, it is beautifully lighted that adds drama to the architecture as well.
i highly recommend visiting the island fortress of bourtzi, it is a must see if you are touring over the small town of naflio.
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