Bust of Georgios Karaiskakis

Bust of Georgios Karaiskakis

Georgios Karaiskakis is a leading figure of the Greek Revolution of 1821, who was mainly active in the region of Roumeli. He was born about 1780 in the village of Mavromati in Agrafa. From a young age he showed sharpness of mind and orderliness, but his tendency in vomology was also well known. When Ali Pasha of Ioannina arrested him, he immediately recognized his distinctive features and incorporated him into his bodyguard. In 1798 he followed Ali Pasha in his campaign against the Pasvanoglou Pasha of Vidini. After a while he abandoned Ali Pasha and joined the body of the legendary thief Katsantoni. But when Ali Pasha killed Katsantoni, he was forced to declare his allegiance and returned to Giannena. In 1820, when Ali Pasha was declared as a renegade from the Sultan, Karaiskakis, though he struggled initially at his side, he realized the futility of this struggle and abandoned him with Androutso and other Greeks by declaring allegiance to the Sultan. This submission was a tactic of many Greek chieftains in order to protect their regions from destruction.

In January 1821 he took part in the meeting of Lefkada, where was decided to be prepared the rebellion in Central Greece. On January 15 of 1823, Karaiskakis scored his first big victory against the Ottomans in the Battle of the Shovolakos. In 1825 he struggled to set free Messolonghi, which was besieged by Kioutachis and Ibrahim. After the disastrous defeat of Messolonghi and the suppression of the revolution in West Central Greece, Karaiskakis went to Nafplio and asked from the government for financial support in order to liberate Central Greece. He then took over the command of military operations to recapture Roumeli. Although his was suffering by tuberculosis, he fell vigorously on the battlefield by demonstrating the splendor of soul. He also participated in the Domvraina’s campaign and the siege of the Acropolis.

On April 23, 1827, on his name day, he left his last breath. Until now, he is a symbol of bravery and valiance for serving a higher ideal cause and the genuine patriotism.