Place Spetses

Spetses is an upscale affluent island in Attica, Greece. It is included as one of the Saronic Islands. Until 1948, it was part of the old prefecture of Argolis and Corinthia Prefecture, which is now split into Argolis and Corinthia. In ancient times, it was known as Pityussa; Spetses is a borrowing from Italian spezie “spices”.
The island is now an independent municipality , with no internal boundaries within the municipality. The town of Spetses is the only large settlement on the island. The other settlements on the island are Moní Ayíon Pánton , Ligonéri , Ágioi Anárgyroi , Kouzoúnos .

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Atlas Obscura 2020
Basilica of Agios Nikolaos

Discover Basilica of Agios Nikolaos in Nafplio, Greece: This church is dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers.

Atlas Obscura 2021
Ottoman Fountains of Nafplio

Discover Ottoman Fountains of Nafplio in Nafplio, Greece: Public water fountains built during the Ottoman Era still stand throughout this seaside town.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Lion of Bavaria

Discover Lion of Bavaria in Nafplio, Greece: This slumbering beast honors the Bavarian soldiers who died in Greece during a 19th-century typhoid outbreak.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Vouleftikon (People’s Assembly)

Discover Vouleftikon (People's Assembly) in Nafplio, Greece: This 18th-century former mosque held the first Hellenic Parliament.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Church of Agioi Pantes

Discover Church of Agioi Pantes in Nafplio, Greece: A staircase made of gravestones leads up to this church built into a giant rock.

World Heritage Site 1999
Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

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Atlas Obscura 2020
Store for Unfinished Foreign Territory

Discover Store for Unfinished Foreign Territory in Nafplio, Greece: This building served as the first customs house in modern Greece.

Atlas Obscura 2018
Arkadiko Bridge

Discover Arkadiko Bridge in Arkadiko, Greece: Built by the Ancient Greeks, this chariot bridge is still in use today.

World Heritage Site 1988
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

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Atlas Obscura 2019
Church of Agios Spyridon

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Atlas Obscura 2019
Tholos Tomb of Tiryns

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Atlas Obscura 2020
The Armansperg Residence

Discover The Armansperg Residence in Nafplio, Greece: This building was once the most magnificent mansion in Nafplio.

Atlas Obscura 2018
The Neith of Spetses

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Atlas Obscura 2018
Tower of Markellos

Discover Tower of Markellos in Egina, Greece: This pink watchtower served as the seat of the Greek government after independence from the Turks.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Boutzi Island Fort

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