Aug14

A neglected treasure once fit for a king

The seaside fortress of Asine near Nafplio is one of the country's most intriguing archaeological sites.

At the end of a narrow road in the Peloponnesian countryside southeast of Nafplio, traveled largely by beachgoers and campers in the know, lies one of the most picturesque coves and intriguing archaeological sites in Greece, the seaside fortress of Asine.

The ancient site covers two hills overlooking a natural inlet: the steep-sided, rocky acropolis of Asine proper (also called Kastraki) and a more gently sloping rise to the northwest, named Barbouna Hill. The blue Argolic Gulf dotted with islands spreads out below Asine's heights, while to the west the busy town of Tolo occupies the adjacent coastal landscape.

On the opposite, eastern side of Kastraki, a long, sandy beach backed by thick trees stretches into the distance. Ancient Asine's naturally defensible citadel long held strategic importance for prehistoric and later peoples, since it afforded both ready security and a well-positioned port.

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Author: John Leonard

Article and Image Source: http://www.ekathimerini.com

Keywords: Asine, Nafplio, Acropolis, Fortifications, Greece, News, Feature

 

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