The complex of fortifications centred round the town of Nauplion (or Nafplion) is one of the most important and spectacular on the Greek mainland.

Defensive works from many eras are easily accessible with the shady streets of the town offering respite and refreshment between periods of ruin hopping. 

The modern town stands on largely reclaimed ground below a rocky promontory that juts out into the Argolic Gulf. According to myth the town's founder was Nauplios, son of Poseidon.

His son, Palamedes, after whom the crag that dominates the town was named, was a participant in the Trojan war and was credited with the invention of writing.

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