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The martyr island

Τα Ψαρά, η μαύρη ράχη του 1824 και το τοπικό πλοίο της γραμμής καταυθάνει στο νησί.

Psará, one of Greece’s martyr islands, 54 nautical miles northwest of Chios. The Mycenaeans were here in the 13th-century BC, but same spot chosen by independence-minded Chiots wanting to escape even their relatively benign Turkish rule.

They knew this remote rock was largely neglected by the Sultan and over the years developed one of Greece’s most important commercial fleets, rivalled only by Hydra and Spétses.

And like those two islands, Psará enthusiastically contributed its ships and captains (including two admirals and future Prime Ministers, Admiral Konstantinos Kanáris and Dimitrios Papanikolis), into the Greek War for Independence, especially after the 1822 massacre on Chíos; Psará’s population, until then around 6000, swelled to some 25,000

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North Aegean Islands

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by PD Art, Thanasis Christodoulou