Unbeknownst to us, the town of Argos
outside Nafplio was quite the center of activity in antiquity. We just
drove through it and thought it looked cool. Upon our return to Belgrade,
we read up on the city. When we go back, we'll be better prepared!
The remains of a fortress dominate
the mountain above the town; a similar theme as we found them all across
the Peloponnese. Some were built by Crusaders from Western Europe
to secure routes to the Holy Land. Others were built by Byzantine
forces and even more by the Turks. The basic style is the same: few
gates of entry, a citadel for last stands and - always! - adequte water
Argos had the largest theater in Greece,
even bigger than that in Epidauros. We took a picture of Alea standing
about 3/4s of the way up - you can see her on the right.