Landmarks in Aitolo-Akarnania


The Huseyin Pasha Turkish bath, built around 1702, lies right next to the site of the Vezir Tzami mosque, which does not exist anymore. The neighbourhood, however, is still called Vezir Tzami.
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Belonging to the Kapsali family, the mansion is home to the Messolonghi Byron Society dedicated to Lord Byron's life and poetry.The celebrated English poet and Philhellene Lord Byron came to the city to support the Greek revolutionary cause and died in Mesolongi in 1824.
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Built by Sultan Bayazit Veli, son of Mohammed II (1446-1512), in reconnaissance of God for the seizure of the city of Nafpaktos in 1499, the mosque was the first in the city. When Christianity returned, it became a commercial establishment. It was recently renovated however and is now used for cultural events.
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A park of plants and monuments dedicated to the heroes of the region, this space is nature's way of making amends with a troubled past. There is even a monument for Philhellenes from France, Germany, Italy and Poland who took part in the Greek war of independence, as well as a marble statue of the poet Byron.
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Built in 1914 by Bishop Seraphim Domvoiti, the architecturally beautiful clock overlooks the city and can be reached from the church of Agios Dimitrios. Visit in the afternoon when the sun lies low and reflects against the clock.
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Famous scholar and teacher Panagiotis Palamas was born here in 1722. His son, the famous poet Kostis Palamas who wrote the Olympic Hymn also lived here.
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In Nafpaktos and near its port, the statue of Giorgos Anemogiannis reminds visitors of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Turks. At a young age of 25, Anemogiannis tried to burn the Ottoman fleet in the harbour and was caught. He was subsequently tortured and killed by the occupiers in 1821.
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Close to the port and castle there is a Venetian tower from the 15th century and an Ottoman tower from the 16th. The latter was procured by General Notis Botsaris in 1829 when the city gained independence. The tower features a museum regarding the 1571 Battle of Lepanto and many paintings, gravures, etc. Worth seeing.
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The old railway station was renovated and redesigned for hosting cultural events, as well as film screenings by the Mesolongi Friends of Film Association. Photo: Agrinioculture.
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Built near the lagoon and could be the oldest building in the city. This is where Greek statesman, diplomat, author and orator Spiridon Trikoupis was born and raised. His son Charilaos Trikoupis became Prime Minister seven times in the late 1800s.
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Home of politician Zafeirio-Zenovio Valvis, featuring his notable collection of books. The building has become a public library. Valvis served as twice as Prime Minister of Greece in the mid 1800s.
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