07 September 2013

Armata on the island of Spetses

Each year, on the second weekend of September, the Armata re-enactment takes place on the Saronic island of Spetses.  It commemorates the events of the battle of 8 September 1822, in combination with the feast of the chapel of Panaghia Armata, near the lighthouse.  

The event is a re-enactment of the battle, which includes the torching of the Turkish flagship in the harbour.  This major victory of the naval forces of Spetses, was against the Ottoman fleet during the Greek War of Independence of 1821.  According to Spetsiot local historian, Anastasios Orlandos, the retreat of the Ottoman fleet was the result of an attack by the fireship of Kosmas Barbatsis against the Ottoman flagship, who set the Turkish Flagship on fire and blowed it up.  This act of heroism is re-enacted every year on the island of Spetses, with the burning of a Turkish Flagship replica, followed by a spectacular choreographed show of music with fireworks.

Thousands of people from all over descend upon the island toexperience this event.  An experience which the visitor will never forget, full of emotions and for the local people, very moving.  Prior to the re-enactment, there is music and traditional Greek dancing.

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