How was Athens chosen as capital for the Greece?

Ancestor worship.

The first capital of Greece was Nafplio (Nauplia), which was an important port in Ottoman times, while Athens was an insignificant village that attracted the odd Western tourist.

In 1834, King Otto (himself a Western tourist) decreed that the capital of Greece shall be the most important city of Ancient Greece. For after all, Otto was King of the Hellenes. 

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