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The "Megalos Dromos"in Nafpliou or "Great Street", today known as Vasileos Konstadinou Street, was built to European specifications, on the initiative of Ioannis Kapodistrias, first governor of the Greek state. It was the most important street in the city in the 19th century, and this is why it was known as "megalos" or "street".
It was the most important street in the city in the 19th century, and this is why it was known as "megalos" or "street". In order to make way for the street, the church of Aghios Nikitas, which stood more or less in the middle, was demolished. The "Megalos Dromos" led from the Governor's Mansion in Syntagma Sqaure, Nafplio's central square, and to the Venetian arsenal, the current Archaeological museum.
There are shops along the length of both, and one can sit at one of the beautiful refreshment stands in the "Great Street" or eat in one of the picturesque taverns in Staikopoulou Street. Despite the passing of time, the Nafplians still call this road "great", to the surprise of visitors to the city, since this road is not really large anymore.