A city to inspire heroes
A «magical» place which speaks volumes of history and culture and makes an ideal excursion destination for those seeking plenty of enthralling sights and experiences.
«My eyes never saw a more glorious place…»
Some of the most momentous events of the 1821 Revolution against the Ottoman occupation occurred here. Against impossible odds and under appalling conditions, «The Free People» of the town survived for years under siege until their final bold exodus turned the tide of European support firmly in favour of the Greeks. One of the most glorious chapters in its history books, the memory of this great sacrifice still reverberates to this day in the collective consciousness of the Greek nation. The Gate of the Exodus and the walls of the city stand as a reminder of the heroism of the people of Messolonghi. The lush Garden of Heroes is strewn with monuments, amongst which is the Tomb of the Heroes, as well as the memorials erected to honour M. Botsaris, Lord Byron and other freedom fighters. Every year Palm Sunday is marked as a day of remembrance. Outside the wall, a visit to the little chapel of St. Paraskevi, where the decision was taken to confront the enemy, can be a very moving experience.