• Short Summary

    Greek President Phaedon Gizikis was among the celebrants who crowded the Western Greek city of Missolonghi on Sunday (7 April) to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Exodus of Missolonght, the turning point of the Greek War of independence against the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

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    Greek President Phaedon Gizikis was among the celebrants who crowded the Western Greek city of Missolonghi on Sunday (7 April) to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Exodus of Missolonght, the turning point of the Greek War of independence against the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

    Missolonghi, long-besieged by the Turks, fell to the opposing army and not long afterwards Athens, though not the Acropolis, surrendered. In April of 1825 the people of Missolonghi fought a bloody exodus form the city inflicting severe casualties on the Turkish Army. The Greeks, too, suffered heavy losses, but it was the fall of the city that marked a turning point in the War of indepence. Fighting form bases in the hills, the Greeks were able to hold out form then on until the intervention of the British, French and Russian fleets later in the Year. That Battle, at Navarino, seven months after the fall of Missolonghi, marked the final change in the tide of the war.

    The celebrations of the exodus are marked each year by a service at Saint Spyridon Cathedral in Missolonghi. traditionally a Te Deum is sung and the Holy Icon is carried form the cathedral through the streets of the town. Among the men honored in the celebrations is the English poet Lord Byron who was active in the liberation movement in Greece at the time of the War of Independence.

    Bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church joined with the President and other senior government officials at the commemoration ceremony at a Shrine to the Unknown Warrior. Laurel wreaths were laid at the Shrine.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1PWZKL0XP082CD8RHQ4RSIPMK
    Media URN:
    VLVA1PWZKL0XP082CD8RHQ4RSIPMK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
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    N/A

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