Sunday, May 12, 2013

War Museum, Nafplio

The War Museum of Nafplio is found in the centre of the city. It is housed in the two storey neo-classical building. It displays weapons used by the soldiers of this historic city, i.e. the first capital of the modern state of Greece. The building of this museum is also significant, since it was built to house the first Military Academy in Greece. The founder was the first governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, whilst the school’s mission was to provide the army with suitably educated recruits. Since its restoration in 1988 it has housed the War Museum. 

This museum is a branch of the War Museum of Athens. The museum’s objective is to present important events from Modern Greek history, emphasising the contribution given by the people of Argolida, where the museum is located, from the revolution of 1821 and the struggle against the Ottoman Empire to the German occupation during WW II. It also shows the history of the Military Academy. 

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