Doors of Napoli di Romania

Nafplio, Greece, once known as Napoli di Romania during the Late Middle Ages, maintains a traditional architectural style with many richly colored buildings and houses, partly influenced by the Venetians. Instead of typical blue doors often seen in Greece, warm autumnal and jewel-toned colors are used on many shutters and doors in Nafplio. Below are a few examples of homes decorated with these warm, welcoming colors.

Nafplio Door 1 LR

Nafplio Door 4 LR

Nafplio Door 2 LR

About Nafplio:

Nafplio (Greek: Ναύπλιο) is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, held initially by the de la Roche following the Fourth Crusade before coming under the Republic of Venice and, lastly, the Ottoman Empire. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.

The name of the town changed several times over the centuries. The modern Greek name of the town is Nafplio (Ναύπλιο). In modern English, the most frequently used forms are Nauplia and Navplion. During the Late Middle Ages and early modern period, under Venetian domination, the town was known in Italian as Napoli di Romania, after the medieval usage of “Romania” to refer to the lands of the Byzantine Empire, and to distinguish it from Napoli (Naples) in Italy. Reference: Wikipedia.

Inspiration: Thursday Doors.

16 thoughts on “Doors of Napoli di Romania

  1. Really beautiful doors, Donna and great captures ! Thank you for giving the history!
    Yesterday I only could log onto a few doors, because most of the day was gone for my 4th grand’s 11th birthday.

    1. Hi Jesh, Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. My parents are visiting us from the East Coast and are keeping me busy! I’m glad you liked the doors in Nafplio. Nafplio is not only a spectacularly colorful town but also has a rich, interesting history. It sounds like you’ve been busy too! Happy Birthday to your 4th grandchild. The sweet joy of children, especially on their birthdays, are moments we don’t want to miss.

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