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Naval Battle Monument


The Methoni Castle  has witnessed several historic wars that have left an tragic mark on its storied past. One of the notable conflicts occurred during the Middle Ages, when the castle was a strategic stronghold contested by various powers. In the 13th century, the Venetians and the Republic of Venice seized control of Methoni, initiating a series of battles with the Ottoman Empire, which sought to expand its influence in the region. The castle changed hands multiple times during the ensuing centuries, witnessing fierce struggles and sieges. Its strategic importance in maritime trade and regional geopolitics made it a coveted prize for competing powers. The wars around Methoni Castle reflect the broader historical struggles for dominance in the Mediterranean, with the castle serving as a symbol of power and control throughout the centuries.

During Greek Revolution battle of 1821, the Turkish army requested assistance from the Egyptian pasha Ibrahim to fight against the Greek forces.  The response was immediate and ​a fleet of ships soon arrived in the bay of Methoni to commence an aggressive attack.  However, this was confronted with a barrage of resistance when a Greek war ship, led by admiral Andreas Miaoulis, Andreas Pipinos and George Politis, conquered and burned the Egyptian fleets (which included a frigate, three corvettes and other warships).  This is known as the Naval Battle of Methoni.

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Methoni naval Battle in 1825.jpg

Every year, on the 30th of April, there is a celebration in honour of the Battle of Methoni, praising and honouring the courage of the Greek people The Methoni Community Council has declared this a local holiday where the residents can participate in the celebrations and festivities.  The proceedings commence at Gregorios Episkopos Square, starting with a memorial service at the monument dedicated to honoring honoring and commemorating the Fallen. Accompanied by the Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra of Pylos, a procession leads to the Methoni Cultural Centre. Here, the ceremony unfolds with young students from the region and members of the Cultural Association of Methoni, reciting poems and singing songs from that historical period. The event culminates with a reenactment of the incineration of the Egyptian fleet on the beach, set against the captivating backdrop of Methoni Castle.

Images from the annual Methoni Naval Battle re-enactment

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