Bust of Georgios Karaiskakis
Georgios Karaiskakis is a leading figure of the Greek Revolution of 1821, which was mainly active in the region of Roumeli. He was born about 1780 in the village of Mavromati in Agrafa. His tendency in profane language is well known.
When he was young he joined the body of the legendary thief Katsantoni. After Katsantonis’ death by Ali Pasha, he declared his allegiance and returned to Giannena. In 1820, when Ali Pasha was declared a renegade from the Sultan, Karaiskakis, though struggling initially at his side, realized the futility of the struggle and abandoned him with Androuts and other Greeks by subjugating the Sultan. This submission was the tactics of many Greek chieftains in order to protect their regions from destruction. In January 1821 he took part in the meeting of Lefkada, where he decided to prepare 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 health had been shaken 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 indolence for serving a higher ideal cause and the genuine patriotism.