The Greek Exodus from Mesolongi — Greek City Times


195 years ago today, the exodus from Mesolongi was one of the most important historical events of the Greek War of Independence. This took place in April 1826. The fighting against the Turks had started a few years ago and the Greeks were trying to win their freedom. The people of Mesolongi, along with other Greek towns, had also rebelled, killed their Turkish governors and liberated their town. Trying to reconquer the city, the sultan sent an army to suppress the revolution.

His first attempt in 1822 failed and in 1825 he sent an even stronger army. The inhabitants of Mesolongi, from within the walls, bravely fought the Turkish army but the siege lasted a whole year. The Turks had surrounded the area and the Greeks could not get food. People began to die of starvation and disease, and the other Greeks could not help them.

Finally, the exhausted inhabitants of Mesolongi decided to secretly leave their city on the night of April 10, 1826, to cross the Turkish camp and to hide in the mountains and the nearby villages. However, their plan was betrayed to the enemy and when the Greeks opened the gates in the middle of the night, the Turks attacked them and killed all the women and children and most of the soldiers. Only 1,300 men finally managed to save their lives.

The Exodus is considered a great act of courage and is celebrated every year in Mesolongi on the Sunday before Easter, as an annual anniversary of this heroic act. On this day, a parade starts from the center of the city and ends in the Garden of Heroes, followed by a memorial to the heroes of the Greek Revolution.


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