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Heroes Park in Messolongi

Messolongi most tourists is mainly associated with Lord Byron, who died in this city by organizing a branch of the Greek insurgents.

Entering into the city through the ,,Gate of Refugees'', a famous name commemorates the ,,Exodus from Messolongi'', an attempt to break away from the city - almost a year after the Turkish siege - taken in 1826 by a group of men, women and children. In one audacious attack, they managed to break through the ring of enemies, leaving in only a handful of defenders with the task of putting them into the air. Defectors, however, were betrayed and at a safe nearby mountain Bigos allegedly ambushed and they were massacred by the powerful forces of Albanian mercenaries.

Inside the walls, the right of the gate, there is Heroin, a Park of Heroes, where the bodies lie nameless mound defenders. Heroin is also placed in the mortuary table in honor of Polish defenders Messolongi (led by an officer Mirdzewski), bearing the inscription in two languages, 1826, ,,For Greece and Poland''. Markos Botsaris next to the tomb, the commander of the Greeks, erected statue of Byron in 1881.

Photo taken during the race bike to Greece in 1998. This is a scan from a negative.

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