The water castle of Bourtzi (Μπούρτζι, from Ottoman Turkish برج - burc meaning "tower"; formerly Καστέλι, Kasteli) is located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio. The Venetians completed its fortification in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea. The Greeks regained it from the Turks on June 18, 1822, from where they assisted in the siege of Nafplio. Until 1865 it served as a fortress. It was then transformed into residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi. From 1930 to 1970, it served as a hotel. Since then, it is mainly a tourist attraction hosting occasionally parts of the Summer Music Festival.Plan to visit Bourtzi and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nafplio attractions using our Nafplio trip planner.
When walking the promenade or sitting at the cafes by the sea, this old castle is in the view. And what a view it is!!! more »
We were lucky to have a view of this from our hotel window. There are boat trips out to it from the harbour side, a board shows information about time and price. If you wish you can get off on the... more »
Construction site still. Pity his story. When foreigners exploit it, then we will wonder......
Inadmissible! Such a beautiful sight. Who are responsible for at least picking up the irons and the bars. It is shameful for our place not to use such memories.
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