Due to the heroic stance of the population and the subsequent massacre of its inhabitants by the Turkish-Egyptian forces, the town of Messolonghi received the honorary title of Hiera Polis (the Sacred City), unique among other Greek cities.
The Exodos of Messolonghi Memorial Day is a significant anniversary and is held annually on Palm Sunday in the presence of the President of the Republic, politicians and Ambassadors.
Read what the French Ambassador to Greece wrote about his visit to Messolonghi for the annual celebrations, on Palm Sunday, 28th March 2010, in his blog Le Blog de L'Ambassadeur de France en Grece.
Listen to Nikos Xylouris sing the magnificent poem, Eleftheroi Polyorkimenoi (Free Besieged) which was written by national poet, Dionysios Solomos in honour of the heroic people of Messolonghi, and set to music by composer Yiannis Markopoulos.
λαλεί πουλί, παίρνει σπυρί, κι η μάνα το ζηλεύει.
Τα μάτια η πείνα εμαύρισε· στα μάτια η μάνα μνέει·
στέκει ο Σουλιώτης ο καλός παράμερα καί κλαίει:
«Έρμο τουφέκι σκοτεινό, τι σ' έχω γω στο χέρι;
οπού συ μού ΄γινες βαρύ κι ο Αγαρηνός το ξέρει».