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Who is St George’s Boy?

Paleochora fresco

Who is that boy with St. George? 18 km north of Paleochora, just outside Kandanos, lies the village of Plemeniana and tucked away on the left hand side of the road as one travels towards Kandanos is the church of Agios Giorgos –St George – the frescoes in which have been dated to around the …

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A Sea Battle at Paleochora. The Arkadion Incident.

Crocodile Paleochora

One of the crucial events of the Cretan insurrection of 1866-68 was fought out just off the coast of Paleochora. The insurrection was sustained with arms and men from Greece and elsewhere delivered to the island by means of a number blockade runners; boats specially designed to be fast enough to elude the blockading Ottoman …

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The Voyage of HMS Assurance. Paleochora, December 1866

paleochora history

The Cretan insurrection of 1866 is primarily remembered today for the self sacrifice of the Christian Cretans rebels at the Monastery of Arkadi who, in March of that year, rather than surrender to the Ottoman troops storming the building, killed themselves and their dependents by exploding the gunpowder magazine; the fighting and the resulting explosion …

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