Garden of Heroes

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The Garden of Heroes in Mesolongi: The Garden of Heroes is placed at the entrance of Mesolongi, within its walls. It is dedicated to all the political and military figures that have their place along the long history of this town. The largest part of this garden is dedicated to the fighters of the Greek War of Independence, who fought for the freedom of Mesolongi.

There is a monument dedicated to Markos Botsaris and a great marble statue of the great poet Byron, above the place where his heart is burried. Lord Byron died in Mesolongi in 1824, during the second siege of the town. According to his will, his heart was buried in Mesolongi and his body was sent back to England.

Every year, in the Palm Sunday, that is the Sunday before Easter, there is a Memorial March in Mesolongi. The march starts from the church of Agios Spyridon and ends in the Garden of the Heroes. This day commemorates the Exodus of Mesolongi in April 1826, when the Greeks who were protecting this city from the Turks couldn't stand any more, got out of the walls and were killed by the Turkish soldiers.

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