On March 23rd , 1821, Kalamata was peacefully liberated from the Ottomans. That afternoon, the people of Kalamata gathered outside the Church of the Holy Apostles by the river Nedontas to witness the first ever church service to be performed as a free people.
Leaders of the fight for independence, including Theodoros Kolokotronis, Anagnostaras, Nikitaras, Papaflessas and Petrobey Mavromichalis, as well as around 2000 fighters from Mani attended the ceremony. The Revolution was just beginning…
During this tour you can visit the birthplaces, hiding places, strongholds, homes and execution site of great fighters and political figures of the Revolution, such as Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770-1843), Dimitrios Papatsonis (d. 1798-1825), Ioannis Dikaios (d. 1825), Joseph the Bishop of Androusa (1770-1844).
Sites of East and West Mani, associated with historical events and personalities of the region before and during the Revolution.
July 23, 1821. Monemvasia becomes the first fortified city of the Peloponnese that falls into the hands of the Greeks.
Deeply desperate and starving, the few remaining Turks – 756 out of about 4,000 when the siege began four months earlier – capitulate to Ypsilantis’ envoy Alexandros Katakouzinos, agree to hand over the castle on the condition of safe passage and transport by boat to the coasts of Asia Minor. Unlike many other cases, the agreement was kept. The news of the liberation of a seemingly impregnable castle, such as Monemvasia, boosted the morale of the Greek revolutionaries everywhere and encouraged them to continue the struggle for the occupation of other strongholds.
Historic monasteries that played an important role during the Revolution.