Spetses Greece Yacht Charters
The alluring and affluent island of Spetses is located in the Argosaronic Gulf and has been inhabited since around 8000 BC. The natural harbors made the maritime trade possible, and the island flourished during the Middle Ages. After that many took refuge on Spetses to escape Turkish persecution and created the old village. The island developed a significant naval power and the Greek Coalition, in cooperation with Russia, turned the powerful fleet of Spetses into a momentous opposition against the Turks. They responded by destroying the only village on the island which caused it to remain almost deserted until it was re-established a couple of years later.
The shipping trade flourished once again, and the fleet became empowered; it was a golden era for Spetses. When the Greek Revolution broke out in 1821, the merchant fleet of Spetses was utilized for military purposes and played an important role in raids against the Turkish coast. Therefore it contributed much to set Greece free.
Spetses Armata in Greece
A sea battle occurred on September 8, 1822, during the Greek War of Independence. Greek patriots tried to gain freedom from the Turkish forces and the battle on this day constituted one of its most important fights. It became a historic day for the Greek Nation, the small Greek naval force against the imposing Ottoman navy. The Spetsiod fire-ship captain Kosmas Barbatsis risked his own life when firing at a Turkish galleon. He succeeded by setting it on fire and destroying it, causing the Ottoman ships to retreat.
Since 1931 in September, this historical sea battle, this act of heroism, is re-created at the entrance to the main harbor with a dramatization of this victory. During the re-enactment, a narrator lyrically recounts the most influential events during this period of Greece. It is the most significant festival on Spetses. A few weeks prior to the beginning of the festival local shipbuilders start building a wooden boat that will be used as a replica of a Turkish ship in the year 1821. The event starts on a Monday preceding September 8th with numerous artistic events for all ages, traditional dances, various exhibitions, and presentations. The Spetses Armata culminates on the Saturday closest to September 8th with a grand finale that takes place at night.
Sea Battle Re-enactment
While popular Greek singers entertain the spectators, local boats appear from both sides of the Poseidon jetty. They sail in very slowly to meet towards the middle of the sea. It is a very well choreographed show where at about 11 pm, when all the boats are in position, a commentator describes the history of the Greek Revolution and the battle of September 8th, 1822. The crowd listens intently and waits in anticipation for the climax of the re-enactment. The music reaches its culmination, a small fishing boat advances towards the “Turkish” galleon. Within seconds the galleon bursts into flames and fireworks explode out of within.
A massive fireworks display follows, delighting the crowd with music perfectly choreographed to be in unison with the enormous firework display. Imagine having a front-row seat watching this amazing event take place right in front of you.
Since the night is still young, the crowd is ready and ambitious to walk over or take a horse-drawn carriage, to the old town where numerous bars, cafes, and taverns are eager to create a perfect ending to a memorable occasion.
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