What an ARMATA that was !

Events, Maritime History and Museums — By on September 8, 2018 at 11:55 PM

Like every year, the ARMATA anniversary events on the heroic island of Spetses – off the coast of Argolis – end with the burning of a locally made replica of an Ottoman warship.  

ARMATA was a boost for the Greek Revolution of 1821 as the Hellenes’ merchant navy – mostly conversions to warships – managed to create a favourable environment to break the Ottomans’ resistance!

Spetsiot Kosmas Barbatsis blew up the flagship of the Ottomans saving the entire Spetsiot population as well as that of Hydra and surrounding areas. ARMATA now commemorates the clash of the 8th of September 1822 in the straits between Spetses and the opposite coast of Kosta. Local boat-builders create a wooden boat in a small berth (carnagio) at the Old Port (Palio Limani) for the occasion…

The fireworks display is second to none and accompanies the explosions with appropriate music fully synchronised to boost the view of the burning of the replica Ottoman flagship…

To open your appetite and shake your imagination, book now for next year and follow the whole process which is more or less an entire week with many highlights, including music festivals – see here our last night’s coverage. Thousands are attending from the island as well as visitors from all over Planet Ocean! It is one of the main events in Greece!

On the island’s main lighthouse at the end of the famous Spetses cape, in a prominent and strategic position overlooking the entire region is a bastion where in 1826-1830 the Church of the Wholly Mother of God Armata was built by the Ioannis Koutsis family to honour Her Birthday as well as  in honour of the sea-battle crushing the Ottoman fleet and stands until today…

Blessed Spetsiots; long live Greece!

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