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The Holocaust of Naoussa

Withstanding its prosperity, in February of 1822 Naoussa and the surrounding area finds itself at the focal centre of a large-scale revolt within the context of the Greek Revolution, which had already broken out in other areas of the Ottoman Empire. After a series of military operations by Naoussa under the leadership of Zafirakis Theodosiou and Tasos Karatasios which had as their target the creation of a free revolutionary order in the area, the city itself is besieged by the forces of Commander of Thessaloniki Ebu Lubut and finally falls in the face of the outnumbering forces of the enemy on April 22 1822, low Sunday.

Plundering, massacres and the population's enslavement, but also indescribable scenes of self-sacrifice and heroism followed the fall of the city. Many women prefer death, falling with their children into the foamy waters of the Arapitsa River waterfall at Stoubani, rather than falling into the hands of the Turks. The city was destroyed and its privileges withdrawn.

«Heroic city of Greece»

The revolution of Naoussa contributed to the loss of time and forces for the Turks, to the benefit of the Cause in southern Greece. For her contribution to the Fight for Independence from Turkish rule, Naoussa is the only city which bears the title «Heroic», according to a royal decree of 1955 (R.D. 17/8/1955 G.G. 240/A/3-9-1955).

 



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