Nafplio-Suburb Pronia-Agia Moni-The Lion of Bavarian- Nafplio
Starting point: Nafplio
Distance : 8 km
Ways of crossing : On foot, by bicycle
Main sights: Suburb of Pronia, olive fields, panoramic sea view & mountains view, middle-byzantine age monastery, the Lion of Bavarian.
• The route starts from the center of the city, we walk through narrow side streets and we pass across to the suburb of Pronia. This suburb occupies the north-eastern slopes of the Palamidi hill, is of special importance because it constitutes the first organized refugee settlement in modern Greece.
Starting in 1822, when Nafplio was liberated from the Turks, a large number of refuges flooded into the city, chiefly from Crete. This created a major housing problem. In 1828, Ioannis Kapodistrias together with the engineer, Stamatis Voulgaris, chose the Pronia area to create a new refuge settlement. It said that Kapodistrias chose the name Pronia, from the greek word pronoo, meaning to provide for, because the settlement provided a solution to the accommodation problem faced by the refugees.
Pronia survives to a certain extend today, with its low buildings and small houses, which were the most characteristic of the Kapodistrian period.
Noteworthy spots are the traditional cafes & the central church of the suburb.
We continue our walking eastern & from here the trail begins a smooth descend & we arrive to the famous local monastery of Agia Moni which is dating at the 12th century of the Middle Byzantine period .We can see its ancient spring, goldfishes, remarkable mosaics with frescoes & a great view of Palamidi’s castle & Nafplio city.
We return back from the same way with a small detour to the famous and an exceptional sculptured monument known as the lion of Bavaria which dates from 1840 & it is one of the most important of 19th century in Greece. The sculpture of this beautiful monument was the German Christian Siegel. This monument was commissioned by Ludwig of Bavaria, father of Otto first king of Greece, in memory of the Bavarian soldiers in Otto’s escort who died during the typhoid epidemic in Nafplio which devastated the area between 1833 & 1834.