The culture ministry and the Hellenic Public Properties Co on Thursday announced that the castle Bourtzi in Nafplio will open to the public as an accessible monument of culture and recreation from Saturday, August 5. Admission will free of charge until August 17, and from Friday, August 18, visitors will be required to buy a ticket.
The monument underwent extensive restoration and maintenance to all the authentic parts of the fortress.
Bourtzi will be open to visitors every day from Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 until 20:00.
The island fortress of Bourtzi is a Venetian castle located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio. It was built by Antonio Gambello, an architect from Bergamo in 1471, although its construction was completed by the engineer Brancaleone. The design was made specifically to fit the narrow shape of the islet and at first it was used as a small castle where an executioner lived and put prisoners to death. It is now a famous tourist attraction in the city of Nafplio and the refurbishment included improvements in access for those with disabilities.