ATHANASIOS DIAKOS CENOTAPH

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On Kalyva Bakoyannis Street in the town of Lamia, between Peoples Square and Angeli Rozaki Street, the cenotaph of the Alamanas hero, Athanasios Diakos is located within a small plot of land, at the exact spot where he was tortured.

In 1886, a proposal was made by Major Rouvali and later in 1889 under instruction from the Mayor of Lamia Sklivaniotou, this cenotaph was constructed in memory of the tragic sacrifice of Athanasios Diakos, one of the most shocking forms of the fight for national liberation by Greeks. It is a Golgotha, that is, an accumulation of large stones, which has a marble cross on the top, surrounded by bay leaves. In front of the Calvary there is the following inscription:

“This marks the exact spot where on the 23rd of April 1821, under Turkish rule, Athanasios Diakos fought for faith and freedom”.

On another plate, which was placed in 1930 marking 100 years of freedom in Lamia, poet Kostis Palamas wrote the following verses:

“And the heroes of pride in the glory of Sir Thanasis Diakos brought you the trick of torture, and while fire tore you to pieces, your honest body sang your angelic kiss which smelt your mouth”.

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