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Second shot from Mesolonghi and its beautiful lagoon, with those stilt traditional "houses", called Peladas. Mesolonghi is the only town in Greece officialy declared "Sacred" and at the entrance of the old town there is a sign saying: "Every free man is a citizen of Mesolonghi". You can find the explanation of all in this info I "fished" in WIKIPEDIA:

"Mesolonghi revolted against the Turks on May 20 1821 and was a major stronghold of the Greek insurgents in the Greek War of Independence. Its inhabitants successfully resisted a siege by Turkish forces of the Ottoman Empire in 1822. The second siege started on April 15, 1825 by Kioutachis whose army numbered 30,000 men and was later reinforced by another 10,000 men led by Ibrahim. After a year of relentless enemy attacks and facing starvation, the people of Mesolonghi decided to leave the beleaguered city in the "Exodus of its Guards" (The Sorty) on the night of April 10, 1826. At the time, there were 10,500 people in Messolonghi 3,500 of which were armed. Very few people survived the Turkish pincer movement after the betrayal of their plan.

Due to the heroic stance of the population and the subsequent massacre of its inhabitants by the Turkish-Egyptian forces, that followed, the town of Mesolonghi received the honorary title of Hiera Polis (the Sacred City), unique among other Greek cities.

The famous English poet and philhellene Lord Byron, who supported the Greek struggle for independence, died there in 1824. He is commemorated by a cenotaph containing his heart and a statue located in the town."

*** I HAD MANY HESITATIONS ABOUT UPLOADING THE B&W VERSION OR THE COLOURED ONE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHICH ONE YOU PREFER

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