Ioannis Kapodistrias

One name that immediately comes to your mind when you mention Nafplio, is Ioannis Kapodistrias. Why his name is so familiar with the city? Because he was the first governor of Greece during the transitional period, he introduced the cultivation of potatoes, he established the first agricultural school, the first printing shop. Unfortunately with his murder at the Church of St. Spyridon on October 9, 1831 a very important period for Greece ended.

His life
Ioannis Kapodistrias was born in Corfu on 10 February 1776, he studied at the monastery of Santa Giustina, and he learned Latin, Italian and French. On period 1795-1797 he studied medicine at the University of Padua in Italy. His first political steps starting early in 1803, where he was secretary of the territory of the Ionian State. In 1815 to 1822 he was Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire. On April 14, 1827 the National Assembly of Trizina decided that he would be the first governor of Greece.

His work
As governor his work was difficult and multifaceted, since he received a lawless nation that after 400 years of slavery, tried to stand independently on its feet. That'w why he gave basis to the army and tried to arrange them under a single command, launched major reforms to redress the state machine, and to establish the legal framework of the state.
Walking in the historic streets of Nafplio, in every corner, there's something to remind this important leader: The first Greek pharmacy in three Admirals Square, beside the current City Hall, the first Military Academy which he founded and currently houses the War Museum, the Cathedral of Saint Spyridon where he was murdered.

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