Monday, November 19, 2012

Archaeological Museum, Nafplio

The Archaeological Museum of Nafplio is housed in the imposing Venetian building whose impressive size and austere, symmetrical form takes up the western side of Constitution Square, in the centre of the Old Town. The Building was constructed in 1713 by the Superintendent of the Venetian Fleet, Agostino Sagredo, to be used as a warehouse for the fleet. It is a modern museum, emphasising the importance of the area for Greek history.

The exhibition is arrayed in two galleries on the building's two floors; it is organised into themed sections presenting the cultures which developed in the Argolis from Earliest Prehistory to Late Antiquity. 

The oldest exhibits found in the Museum are the Paleolithic clay hearts from the Kleisoura Gorge near Prosyma (32.000-21.000 B.C.). Artefacts from various epochs of Greek history are presented here, including the Early Helladic Period, the Middle Helladic Period, Iron Age, Geometric Period, Archaic Period.   

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