As part of the celebratory events for the 200th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Nafplio, a painting exhibition entitled "Staikos Staikopoulos - Our Hero" is presented at the War Museum of Nafplio.
The exhibition takes place with the participation of 17 renowned artists. It is organized by the Municipality of Nafplio and the Association of Greek Tradition "Armored Moraites, Staikos Staikopoulos - Nafplio 1822", in collaboration with the War Museum.
Duration of exhibition
From November 19th to December 4th 2022
War Museum of Nafplio
From 10:00 to 20:00 daily
Staikopoulos was born in Zatouna, Gortynia, in Arcadia and from an early age was involved in the fur trade. On the island of Hydra, where he went in 1818, he was recruited to the Filiki Eteria by Nikolaos Speliotopoulos.
In 1821, upon the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of Independence, he raised his own company of troops and departed Hydra for Argos. He at once began a siege of Nafplio and quickly turned one of its commanders to his side. Eventually, on November 29th 1822, along with Demetrios Moschonesiotis, he took the fortress of Palamidi, the feat for which he is best remembered in the history books.
Afterwards he was promoted from chiliarch to general. In the following year (1823), he laid siege to the fort of Corinth, which fell under his occupation. He was the first to face Ibrahim Pasha, from whom he took thirty prisoners, who were sent to Nafplio. He had a seat in the Second National Assembly of Astros. By leave of King Otto, he remained in the army, although under guard, since he was opposed to the king's government.
He died on February 21st 1835 (37 years old), the day of his release from prison, in the guardhouse of Leonardos in Nafplio, due to the wounds and hardships of war, and was buried in the old city's cemetery.
Did you know that?
Today, the Municipality of Nafplio maintains a Staikopoulos Park in his honor, where every year on November 29th, a commendation ceremony is held. In recognition of the fact that Zatouna is his birthplace and Nafplio the place of his death, the two have become sister-cities.
The Fall of the city of Nafplion was of prime importance for the consolidation and outcome of the Greek Revolution. The liberation of Nafplion from the Turks began from Palamidi castle.
A moment of particular historical importance for the city, as on Sunday 20 November 2022, as part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Liberation of Palamidi and the city of Nafplio from the Turkish yoke, the local authorities and a crowd of people welcomed the sword of the hero Staikos Staikopoulos, from the Foundation of the Holy Trinity in Tinos island. After the special ceremony, the sword of Staikos Staikopoulos was deposited in a special display case at the War Museum of Nafplio.
During his exile-imprisonment in Tinos, Staikos Staikopoulos gave his sword to a young man and thus initially came into the possession of the small Museum of the Holy Trinity of Tinos.