- HOME OF EXECUTIONERS IN GREECE -
This 15th-century island fortress later served as home to the executioners no one wanted to live near.
An executioner’s life is not an easy one. The men who spent their days carrying out the death sentences of the criminals incarcerated in the Greek prison of Palamidi in the latter half of the 19th century lived alone on an island, because most people did not want to live near them.
When the Venetians, in the 15th century, discovered the strategic importance of the small island, situated right near the Nafplio port, they built a fortress in the shape of an imperfect hexagon to match the shape of the narrow landmass. The stairs were made movable in the 3-storey tower structure, and cannons and flamethrowers were positioned such that they could be unleashed at short notice.
After serving in all these different roles, it now sits empty aside from visits by curious tourists wanting to see the vacant castle and its great views of the city, and the music festival occasionally held there.
Clancy's comment: Looks like a fascinating place. Make a great writer's retreat.