Mesolongi Sights & Attractions
Mesolongi is a beautiful small town famous for its sea lake, formed by the endings of two rivers. This sea lake with the many vivariums is the main source of income for the locals. Although Mesolongi is not a tourist-developed place, it has many interesting sites. On the mountain slopes above Mesolongi is the Monastery of Saint Symeon with historical importance. The Garden of Heroes in the center of the town is a nice place to walk around, hosting monuments of heroes from the Greek Revolution of 1821. In short drive distance from Mesolongi are nice villages and beaches to explore.
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The Sea Lake of Mesolongi was formed with the endings of two rivers. It is an important economic source for the locals, as many vivaria work there. Small islets dot the sea lake that has been declared a Natural Park.
The islet of Tourlida is located in the infamous lagoon of Mesolongi, 5 km from the main town, within a natural setting of unique beauty and environmental significance. It is named after “tourlides”, a bird species that used to nest in its grounds.
The Garden of the Heroes in Mesolongi was created in 1829 with the decision of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first governor of Greece. It is dedicated to the heroes of the Greek Revolution. Tombs and statues of many heroes and people who died in the Exodus are found there.
Located 8 km from Mesolongi, the Monastery of Saint Simeon was built in 1740, during the Ottoman rule. As it served as a shelter for Greek fighters, it was burnt down by Turkish troops. After the Greek war of Independence, the monastery was rebuilt in 1836.
The Museum of Kostis Palamas is housed in the family house of the famous Greek poet who came from Mesolongi. It houses personal items and photographs of the poet.
The Museum of Spiridon and Harilaos Trikoupis, two important prime-ministers of Greece, is housed in their family house. It includes personal items, photographs, prizes and manuscripts of the family.
The Art Gallery of Christos and Sofia Moschandreou was established in 1996 in a renovated building that dates from 1829. It includes works of painting and sculpture of famous Greek artists. Frequently, it organizes seminars and art workshops.
An impressive church with two tall bell towers, the church of Agios Spiridon is located in the center of Mesolongi. It is made entirely of stone.
The Folklore Museum was established in 1997 by the Cultural Centre of Mesolongi. Its items depict folklife in the area.
The Museum of History and Arts- Municipal Gallery is housed in the old Town Hall of Mesolongi, Botsari square. It displays paintings of Greek and foreign painters with scenes from the historical Exodus, maps, gravures, weapons, statues of prime-ministers from Mesolongi and other items. There is also a special room dedicated to Lord Byron.
The Museum of Vasso Katraki- Centre of Engraving Art is located in the birthplace of the artist, Etoliko. The museum is found at the edge of the lake. It houses the work of this important engraver on the first floor and a workshop for engraving on the ground floor.